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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2559

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle - On 26 March 1980 (Hansard, page 1020) Senator McLaren asked me, in my capacity as Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the following question without notice:

Is the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs aware that theatre staff employed at the Daw Road Repatriation Hospital in South Australia have imposed a work ban because they are being paid less than one-sixth of the penalty rates paid to other staff who are required to be on stand-by duties while they, the theatre staff, are classified as being on call, which classification receives a lower rate of pay, although stand-by and on-call duties mean much the same? Will the Minister take steps to bring the payment of the South Australian theatre staff into line with the payments made to their counterparts in repatriation hospitals in the States of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia so that the impasse can quickly be resolved in the interests of both patients and theatre staff?

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question.

Theatre staff at Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park applied work bans for the period 9 p.m. on 10 March to 7.00 a.m. on 25 March, connected with a dispute with the Department of Veterans' Affairs over the type of staff coverage to apply following the conclusion of normal shift duty on weeknights and week-ends.

Following a review of the level of after normal hours theatre coverage at Repatriation General Hospital Daw Park and discussions with the Federal Executive of the Hospital Employees Federation of Australia, new rostering arrangements were introduced with effect from 3 I March 1980. These arrangements were accepted by the Federation and the theatre staff at Daw Park.

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