APA (NSW) Member Update Corowa Relief Dispute
Thursday 25 August 2016
We note that we have sent out member updates with respect to this ongoing dispute, the last being 6 May 2016.
By way of recap, the decision by NSWA to implement shared relief at Corowa Station was lodged into the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) by the HSU in February 2016. After extensive consultation APA (NSW) members at the station had given APA (NSW) clear direction that they would like the relief to be shared equally among the officers at the station.
Consultation occurred with the assistance of Commissioner Newall of the IRC and as a result, the IRC handed down a very strong recommendation which stated that the relief should be shared at the station. The Commissioner asked that his recommendation be provided to all officers of Corowa station for their consideration.
On 4 August 2016, the HSU wrote to the IRC and indicated that, after consideration of recommendation, they still object to shared relief. The matter was listed before the IRC on 16 August 2016 and on this date the HSU sought timetable for arbitration. Commissioner Newall indicated he will not set down timetable for arbitration until the HSU provides, in writing, what specifically they seek in arbitration. The HSU have been given two weeks to do so and the matter is listed back in the IRC on 8 September 2016, where it is expected that timetable for arbitration will be set.
APA (NSW) remains concerned that the NSW Ambulance could try to implement any arbitrated decision state-wide without considering the circumstances and wishes of each station. Whilst our Corowa members have had the opportunity for extensive consultation the same has not occurred with respect to other potentially affected stations despite our repeated requests. We believe it is absolutely essential for consultation to take place before considering changes in relief practises at other stations. We have and will continue to seek consultation with respect to this issue from NSWA prior to making any changes State-Wide as a result of this dispute.
We will keep you posted at this matter continues to unfold.
APA (NSW) Regards,
APA (NSW) Executive
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