“Almost all the terms of our 170-page agreement have been updated, amended or completely revised to improve conditions, claims and, above all, clarification to avoid misinterpretation and litigation,” she said. ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said: “Without having to fight to maintain a safe workforce, it means that we have been able to continue to conduct some of the most productive EBA negotiations since our first agreement in 1997. The creation of new roles can lead to replacing nurses with other psychiatric workers or empowering nurses for the work of others. It is essential that we are not infatuated with these discussions. The work, which includes all the benefits achieved by ANMF members in negotiations on nurses and midwives in the public sector (but not in a public psychiatric ward), is expected to be completed within the week from 14 September 2020. It was (and remains) the OPINION of the ANMF that patients in the emergency department are emergency patients and the nurses who are employed to provide emergency presentations are emergency department nurses, and the agreement on in-house nurses and midwives should apply. These circumstances could logically not lead emergencies or part of them to become, exclusively or primarily, a public psychiatric service. There were some difficulties that resulted from the fact that haEC did not want LEMF to sit at the table while discussing non-health requirements. In order to protect the interests of our nurses and, indeed, the integrity of mental health care in public psychiatric services, it is essential that LEMF understand the impact of HACSU`s non-nursing claims on nurses.
Normally, the next step would be to distribute the proposed 2020-2024 employment and midwifery contract to the workers concerned, and then vote to seek a majority in favour of the proposed agreement. The agreement would then have been the subject of an application for authorization from the Fair Work Commission and will become final seven days after that approval. Nearly 2,000 Victorian public service nurses and midwives voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to settle their claims to businesses by 2020-24. On 31 July 2020, the workers concerned received a communication on the rights of workers` representation with regard to the proposed Department of Education and Training (2020).