This week we look forward to slowly coming out the other side of another COVID-19 lockdown period. The downturn in demand over this period has briefly taken the pressure off employers and the government, but we all know this is short lived. Demand was increasing steadily before COVID and will no doubt continue to increase. All of you on the frontline will once again be put under unsustainable pressure in the near future. We continue to advocate for a more sustainable approach to health funding.
VACCINATION RIGHTS FACT SHEET
Over the weekend Ambulance and Patient Transport staff had priority access to vaccinations across Victoria. Even though the blitz has now ended it is still imperative that as many frontline healthcare workers as possible get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information about your rights check out our fact sheet HERE
The AEAV has been using social media to promote alternatives to Ambulance for non-life threatening events. Please check out and share our Facebook post HERE
ESTA STAFFING AND UCC UPDATE
The AEAV has been advocating for additional staff at ESTA and has been working both inside and outside the Staffing Review to have these provided. We recently wrote to Acting Minister Danny Pearson about the lack of staff and received a response HERE
AEAV has met with AV to present member issues around having meal breaks outside of branches. AV have subsequently advised that they will be continuing to consult around this issue, and there will be a number of avenues for comment and feedback. More detail about our discussions HERE
Many people don’t know that union dues are tax deductible. At the end of each financial year we email AEAV members a tax statement for you to claim your dues with your tax return. This will be provided shortly after the EOFY. Members that have not provided a valid email may receive a SMS from us to ensure they receive their 2020 – 21 tax statement.
JOKE OF THE WEEK
A highway patrolwoman pulled alongside a speeding car on the highway. Looking at the car, she was astounded to see that the elderly woman behind the wheel was knitting.
The policewoman cranked down her window and yelled to the driver, “Pull over!”
“No!” the woman yelled back, “Cardigan!”
KEEP IN TOUCH
As always, if you have any issues, questions or queries, get in touch by leaving a message on 9287 1713 or email [email protected]
And most importantly, please stay safe out there.
Brett Adie – AEAV Secretary
Authorised by Brett Adie, AEAV Secretary
833 Bourke St, Docklands, VIC 3008AEAV member queries: (03) 9287 1713 [email protected]