28 May 2021
ASMOFQ, in partnership with AMA Queensland, has continued to secure major wins for doctors employed by Queensland Health.
Ensuring that Queensland Health deliver a consistent program of fit-testing of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline staff, was advocated for by ASMOFQ and the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU).
This was the focus of a recent dispute before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) where both ASMOFQ and the QNMU achieved strong safety measures for doctors and nurses working in high-risk environments with potential exposure to COVID-19.
The QIRC supported ASMOFQ and the QNMU’s demands that Queensland Health provide a clear timetable for the delivery of fit-testing throughout the state and that periodic reports and checks will occur to ensure the program is being rolled out and staff safety is maintained.
ASMOFQ and the QNMU will continue to report on the progress of the fit-testing program and confirm Queensland Health is providing a safe working environment for doctors and nurses throughout the state.
ASMOFQ have also ensured that doctors working in Queensland hospitals will receive two wage increases in the next six months.
From 1 July 2021, doctors will obtain a 2.5 per cent pay increase. This is a delayed pay rise that was negotiated and agreed by all parties but postponed by the Queensland Government during the COVID-19 outbreak.
ASMOFQ maintained pressure on the Queensland Government to deliver this wage increase as promised.
An additional wage increase of 2.5 per cent will also occur from 1 January 2022 as a part of a new deal secured by ASMOFQ.
Health care heroes have kept our community safe during COVID-19 and need to be fairly remunerated for the vital role they play in protecting Queenslanders.
Due to the negotiating and bargaining power of ASMOFQ, Queensland public hospital doctors currently have entitlements and conditions which are among the best in Australia.
We encourage all doctors who may not be members to join or renew as soon as possible should assistance be required to navigate the wage increase process.
For help and advice contact ASMOFQ on (07) 3872 2222 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: 28 May 2021