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How would you feel if you received this letter from your employer?

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Imagine you’ve worked for SA Health for several years and have rarely used your personal/carers leave. But then this year, you needed medical care which meant you had to take a few week’s recovery leave.

You then receive a letter advising…

Northern Adelaide Local Health Network sent this letter to numerous members of staff, which came as a slap in the face for many loyal employees and, according to the ANMF (SA Branch) represents a clear breach of the conditions of the Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement.

And we’re making sure the Government is aware of that.

The ANMF (SA Branch) wrote to NALHN, reminding them that when an employee takes personal/carers leave and complies with all relevant notice requirements, they are accessing an entitlement under the Nursing and Midwifery South Australian Public Sector Enterprise Agreement and therefore exercising a workplace right.

Members instructed that they have only ever taken sick leave legitimately and have complied with all relevant notice requirements.

Whilst we accept that NALHN has a capacity to review employees’ use of personal/carers leave from time to time, it is our view the letters issued, and the instructions contained therein are discriminatory and in breach of the Agreement.

As such, the ANMF (SA Branch) sought from NALHN a retraction of the letter. NALHN declined.

The ANMF (SA Branch) has now lodged a dispute with the SA Employment Tribunal. Members will be updated on the status of this formal action as it progresses.

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6 thoughts on "How would you feel if you received this letter from your employer?"

  1. soz says:

    These are scary times.

  2. A.Nurse says:

    Although letters weren’t sent out, we experienced similar demands for certificates at work for some time. It has ceased now, but despite supplying medical notes each time and there being no reasonable grounds for suspicion, some of us were definitely targeted.

  3. joanne says:

    Targeted!!!
    I received this letter, threatening unpaid sick leave and a subsequent letter stating that I would not be given extra shifts, if I took further sick leave. I am a part time employee and have over 730 hours of personal leave in my entitlements. In fact I worked >1500 hours in the calendar year and only took 56 hours sick leave and they say I have taken over 100% of my personal leave entitlements for the year????

    • ANMF (SA Branch) says:

      Hi Joanne, thanks for your comment. Yes, it appears that some of our members are being treated unfavourably. It is our view that these letters issued, and the instructions contained therein discriminatory and in breach of the Agreement. We encourage you to speak with our Duty Officer 8334 1900 regarding your situation. Kind regards, ANMF (SA Branch)

  4. Karen says:

    Port Lincoln nursing staff have received these letters for about 3 years now from the DONM. Creates huge upset and staff have left as a result…

    • ANMF (SA Branch) says:

      Hi Karen thanks for your comment. It is our view that these letters issued, and the instructions contained therein discriminatory and in breach of the Agreement. Our team are visiting work sites in Port Lincoln next week, we encourage you to speak with us there, alternatively you can speak with our Duty Officer on 8334 1900. Kind regards, ANMF (SA Branch)

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