Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Enterprise Bargaining

22 May 2020

The CPSU/PSA has now commenced Enterprise Bargaining negotiation meetings for two Enterprise Agreements (EA) with Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (South Australia) Agreement 2020 (the 'General EA')

This Agreement is intended to cover all South Australian Lifeblood employees who are not employed in Donor Centres. This includes:

  1.  All staff within the National Contact Centre (NCC) Currie Street, Adelaide,
  2.  All other staff employed at the Lifeblood Offices at Currie Street, Adelaide
  3.  All staff at the Distribution Centre, Hindmarsh
  4.  All staff employed at the Women's and Children's Hospital, and
  5.  Any other staff not employed in Donor Centres.


It is proposed that all non-nursing staff employed at Donor Centres will no longer be covered by this agreement and will instead be covered by the 'Nurses Agreement' (currently past its nominal expiry date) which is likely be referred to as the 'Donor Centre Staff Agreement' (see below).

Lifeblood have offered a 2% wage increase per annum for each year for a two year agreement in exchange for no material changes to a new General EA.

The CPSU/PSA understands members are concerned about a number of existing conditions within this EA and would like them changed. CPSU/PSA members and delegates have expressed a desire to improve conditions in the following areas:

  1.  Protection of existing redundancy provisions
  2.  Special Leave with Pay provisions for instances such as Trade Union leave, Emergency Services Volunteers leave, Jury Service leave and Epidemic/Pandemic-related leave
  3.  Maternity/Paternity/Parental leave
  4.  Reclassification (i.e. pay-rise application process when you consistently undertake additional responsibilities etc)
  5.  Extra week of Annual Leave or other remedies for shift workers who are required to work on State Public Holidays
  6.  Consultation clause wording changes (to increase requirements for Lifeblood to consult with members regarding changes in the workplace)
  7.  Conversion to permanency for casuals
  8.  Expansion of Afternoon Shift penalty rate eligibility (especially for those rostered to commence immediately prior to midday)
  9.  Limits on span of hours
  10.  Limits to forced overtime
  11.  Expansion of personal leave eligibility
  12.  Expansion of compassionate leave eligibility


Members and delegates have also expressed a desire to vote on the new EA proposals through paper-based voting in lieu of electronic voting at the end of EB negotiations as concerns have been expressed about voter confidentiality through electronic voting.

Please contact one of your CPSU/PSA Enterprise Bargaining delegates and discuss your thoughts prior to Wednesday 28 May 2020 on Lifeblood's current offer and what you would like to see in the new General EA.


CPSU/PSA Delegates will be meeting on Tuesday 27 May 2020 to discuss the position of members regarding Lifeblood's General EA. Contact your General EA Delegate Team prior to our next meeting with feedback.

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood (South Australia) Donor Centre Agreement 2020 (the 'Donor Centre EA')

This Agreement is intended to cover all South Australian Lifeblood employees who are employed in Donor Centres. This includes:

  •  All Non-Nursing Staff within Donor Centres
  •  All Nursing Staff within Donor Centres


Existing non-nursing Donor Centre staff will be included in this agreement for the first time. Therefore, these employees will no longer be covered by the General EA.

Lifeblood have offered a 2% wage increase per annum for each year for the life of the agreement in exchange for no material changes to what will become the Donor Centre EA.

The CPSU/PSA understands members are concerned about a number of existing conditions within this EA and would like them changed. CPSU/PSA members have expressed a desire to improve conditions in the following areas:

  •  The same redundancy provisions as what is currently within the General EA, which are significantly superior.
  •  All other items raised within the General EA (above).


Members and delegates have also expressed a desire to vote on the new EA proposals through paper-based voting in lieu of electronic voting at the end of EB negotiations as concerns have been expressed about voter confidentiality through electronic voting.

Please contact one of your CPSU/PSA Enterprise Bargaining delegates and discuss your thoughts prior to Wednesday 28 May 2020 on Lifeblood's current offer and what you would like to see in the new Donor Centre EA.


The CPSU/PSA is working closely with the Australian Nurses and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for all staff within the Donor Centre Agreement.