In 2016, ADAVB and Professionals Australia (PA) created an alliance to help dentists in municipal clinics find fairer working conditions. At the time, Public Dentists in Victoria received up to 40 per cent less than their intergovernmental counterparts. During this campaign, the ADAVB and the PA helped municipal clinic dentists achieve a fair outcome in their negotiations with their employers and sought comparative terms of employment for inpatient dentists. The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is committed to a level playing field for public service dentists. We fund the specialized industrial council and the representation of members in the enterprise negotiation. In September 2018, following ongoing labour disputes, a targeted representation of the interests and the united voice of ADAVB members, a mirror agreement was finally reached for municipal dentists, in agreement with Victoria Hospital Dentists. However, this did not go until the end of negotiations for municipal dentists and union actions were maintained throughout 2018 and 2019. The Victorian health sector employs more than 80,000 full-time equivalents. These include doctors, nurses and midwives, medical scientists, allied nurses, technicians, administrative and office staff, engineers, catering staff, cleaners, gardeners and other workers at more than 100 sites in the state. In May 2018, after months of frustrating negotiations, an initial offer was made. This offer was rejected by ADAVB members in the hospital and municipal health sectors. A vote was held to monitor the Community`s anti-work and participation actions, and meetings and lobbying activities continued with Members of Parliament.
We encourage members of the public sector to become familiar with the demands of the new EBA. See FAQs below: We have continued the EBA negotiations for health professionals in the Community for more than two years and two EBAs, which cover only seven out of 18 municipal health centres, were submitted to the Fair Work Commission in January and March 2019. ADAVB and PaPA continue to work with the employer`s negotiators representative on the implementation of these EAEs. We also monitor the sector to allow members full access to their rights. Business negotiations in the Victorian public sector are conducted within the framework of federal labour relations and in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009. Negotiations in the Victorian public sector are also conducted within the parameters of the Victorian government`s industrial relations policy. The terms and conditions of employment of Victorian public health workers are generally set in collective bargaining. Victorian enterprise agreements for public dentists, public dentists and public dentists in training expired on June 30, 2017. The next phase of the EBA campaign, which began in 2017, has focused on EBA negotiations to achieve a single outcome for all public sector dentists and dentists, wherever they work. “Enterprise agreements” (or enterprise bargaining agreements) are enterprise-level agreements between the employer and the worker on the terms of employment.