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Posted 22 Mar '17

APA (NSW) Member Update – PTO Rule Change- IRC Decision

APA (NSW) Member Update

PTO Rule Change – IRC Decision 

Thursday 23 March 2017

Dear Member,

As you would be aware, APA (NSW) made application to the IRC to change our rules to allow us to continue to represent Patient Transport Officers (PTOs) who’s employment was transferred to HealthShare NSW in February 2016. The Health Services Union objected to our rule change which ultimately required arbitration of our application by the IRC and the case was heard back in June 2016.

After a long wait, a decision has been handed down by Commissioner Tabbaa. It is with great regret and that we inform you that the decision was not in our favour. We know that our PTO members will be very disappointed with this decision as it will mean they are no longer able to be represented by their chosen union. 

We want to take the time to thank our PTO members and delegates who provided statements and put in a lot of time and effort to assist with the case. Your dedication is invaluable. 

APA (NSW) and our legal team are now in the process of determining whether there are any avenues for appeal with respect to the decision. We will keep you posted. 


APA (NSW) Executive

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