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Posted 12 Jan '17

APA (NSW) Member Update – Accumulated Hours & Metro Rosters 

APA (NSW) Member Update

Accumulated Hours & Metro Hours

Friday 13 January 2017 

Dear Member,

In December 2016 NSW Ambulance (NSWA) proposed a suite of changes to address the long-standing dispute with the balancing of rostered hours as well as, according to NSWA, to ‘match paramedics to demand’ and increase the ability to crib within allocated windows and finish on time.

APA (NSW) responded based on member feedback received via recent survey. APA (NSW) did not agree to the entire package of changes. APA (NSW) provided feedback on aspects of the changes that members agree with, aspects members disagree with and aspects that may be agreed if further amendments were made. 

We met with NSWA on 11 January 2017 where further discussions were had about their proposal and our response. We now confirm as follows:

Should we be unable to reach agreement with NSWA with respect to the changes proposed in the next few weeks, NSWA has indicated that they will review what other options are available to them. The likely outcome is that NSWA will push to enforce an extra shift to balance the rosters and attempt to recoup hours owed for the past. APA (NSW) would dispute this on behalf of our members and the matter is likely to go to the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) for resolution.  As always, the outcome in the IRC cannot be predicted. 

In light of the above, members are encouraged to provide any additional feedback that you want APA (NSW) to consider in the final stages of negotiation with NSWA with respect to the changes. 


APA (NSW) Executive

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