As the Union continues to advocate around workforce issues, the State Government has become more acutely aware of workload issues, rostering problems and ineffective management.
And to make our advocacy work stronger, the Union wants to be able to better understand the nature and extent of unpaid work, and more importantly, how unpaid work has changed and the impact it has on members over time.
That’s why the Union is repeating our survey from 2014. Do the survey today.
Over the past decade staff reductions forced through budget cuts has caused workloads to steadily increase. We regularly witness health managers that have long stopped thinking about how we cope with the extra work, and instead try to build an expectation that if you don’t do unpaid work, you’re letting everyone else down – your colleagues, the patients and the management.
It’s clear that the expectation is that we just do more and more work in the same amount of time. And in 2015, we know that hundreds of thousands of hours of unpaid time will be worked to cope with unreasonably high workloads.
Based on the results of last year’s survey, there is growing evidence that health services have a systemic reliance on unpaid work to keep many services afloat. And we suspect that this situation has become worse since we last did our No Pay No Way survey.
We want to be able to use our research to continue lobbying and advocating for proper workforce planning that takes into account the ever growing workloads and the increasing demand on health services.