1. How does the ANMF decide what rights to assert? Each year, an ANMF and hundreds of our Reps and Health and Safety Reps jobs meet at the annual delegate conference. Job Reps and HSR bring requests requested and supported by members to their workplaces at the conference on improving agreements, corporate relations and other issues. The amendments will be debated and put to a vote. If the applications are supported by the majority of delegates, they then inform the various EBA protocols of the claims that the ANMF sends to the branch for approval. We are also looking for changes resulting from disputes or difficulties with the existing conditions of the EBA, and we are developing internal ideas to address what we believe will benefit our broader membership. Updates to the ANMF mental health campaign can be found via anmfvic.asn.au/EBA2020mentalhealthnursing, the next step would be to distribute the proposed employment contract for the period 2020-2024 to the staff members concerned, and then to a vote to obtain 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. In order to prevent these multiple procedures from further delaying the 2020-2024 employment contract, ANMF has reached an agreement with HSU to resolve the dispute with HACSU before a full bank of the Fair Work Commission.
This must be done within the framework of a complete and final resolution of all issues. Once this is concluded, the revised proposed agreement will be distributed to all affected workers, with information explaining the changes. There is a complexity that we cannot easily control, that is, because the agreement applies to more than one employer negotiating together, the federal minister of labour relations must approve an “individual interest agreement.” Second, this “single interest rate application” must be approved by the Fair Work Commission. This process has not yet taken place. 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. Once these measures are completed, the proposed EBA will engage in consultation among all nurses and midwives, and whether a majority of those supporting the new EBA will apply for approval with the Fair Work Commission. After approval, the EBA will work legally seven days later.
12. Relations with the EBA for Mental Health There are two enterprise agreements, which apply to public sector nurses (not midwives), one of which is the 2016-2020 Enterprise Enterprise Agreement 2016-2020 , which covers all public health services.