APA (NSW) Member Update
Friday 31 March 2017
APA (NSW) was recently at the IRC to resolve an ongoing dispute about hours in metro and related matters which will have a state-wide impact.
Since that time, the staggered rosters have commenced in most metro areas and as predicted, has had negative impacts. This includes additional travel time, more occurrences of officers being left single waiting for a partner to arrive, no improvement in being able to access cribs and crucially no improvement to servicing the community.
Yesterday, APA (NSW) attended the IRC where the Award was changed by consent to allow for 12 hour 15 mins shifts. The additional 15 minutes to address the unbalanced rosters has always been APA (NSW)’s preferred option to reflect the work paramedics are already doing prior to their rostered start times. Furthermore, APA (NSW) was able to ensure that the variation is not restricted to the metro areas. This means, should other areas around the State also wish to move to 12 hours 15 mins, we now have the ability to consult with NSWA regarding this.
It is crucial to ensure that this Award change does not lead to paramedics working even longer. APA (NSW) still has reservations around the Work Instruction which has been implemented to deal with the extra 15 mins. We are due back for a review in the IRC in August 2017 where we will have the opportunity to express our concerns. To assist us, we are asking our members to report any occasions they are asked to respond prior to being completely ready to do so. We have set up a system to allow members to report and strongly encourage you to do so.
APA (NSW) Executive
Your Choice, Your Voice
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