|Restructuring Dorevitch Pathology Microbiology|
The Union has been assisting members who are currently being affected by the restructuring and a round of redundancies taking place at the Heidelberg Microbiology Laboratory. A number of part time and full time scientific positions have been made redundant.
A number of scientific staff have been advised their hours will be reduced as a consequence of the restructuring which according to management is designed to align scientists’ rosters with the flow of work.
The impact statement provided by Dorevitch Pathology is incorrect in reference to payment for a reduction of hours. A reduction of hours does not constitute redeployment.
Any redundancies should be paid in line with the provisions of the Dorevitch EBA. Any member who has been told their position has been made “partially redundant” and had their hours reduced without being paid a redundancy should contact the Union for advice immediately.
Further, under the award the hours, days and starting and finishing times of part-time scientists cannot be altered without their consent. Part-time scientists who have concerns about proposed changes in rosters should also contact the office immediately.
Members are concerned that the reduction in scientific staff may lead to unsustainable increase in workloads. We will be keeping a watching brief on this, particularly in the light of microbiology being sent from regional laboratories to Heidelberg.