APA (NSW) Member Update
APA (NSW) has been in an ongoing dispute with NSW Ambulance (NSWA) with respect to accumulated hours shortfall arising from current metropolitan rosters. The basis of the dispute is that NSWA believes paramedics working the current roster are working below the hours they are required to work in accordance with the Award. APA (NSW) has maintained throughout the dispute that we believe paramedics are working the required hours however NSWA has failed to record these hours.
NSWA has now proposed a solution to account for the shortfall. NSWA proposes to extend the shift length from 12 hours to 12 hours 15mins. The additional 15 minutes will be at the beginning of the shift. We are currently in discussion with NSWA with respect to work instructions on how the first 15 minutes of shift is to be utilised. We note that the NSWA proposes this solution to apply to the ‘metropolitan region’ which consists of Sydney, Central Coast and the Illawarra.
This was a proposal that APA (NSW) members affected by the accumulated hours shortfall preferred when we surveyed members in the past about potential new rosters. However, NSWA has offered the 12 hour 15min roster solution conditional on paramedics also accepting staggered starts. The proposed start times are mostly moved an hour before or after the current start times (please see draft pattern). This roster format is currently being called ‘balancing hours’ rosters.
Furthermore, whilst the NSWA has indicated that they are going to forgo hours owed in previous calendar years, they are of the view that paramedics working the current metro roster pattern owe 6 hours this calendar year. To recoup the hours, NSWA is planning on running 6 hours of training for each employee. APA (NSW) disputes this proposal and will continue to pursue this for our members.
We now wish to seek feedback from our members with respect to the above. Pleae provide all feedback via email.
APA (NSW) Executive
Your Choice, Your Voice
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