Westmead Car Parking Disputation and WSLHD Car Parking Policy

12-May-2017

 



WSLHD Car Parking Policy 

Further to our previous update, the Unions and WSLHD met last Friday, 5th May at Westmead Hospital as part of the Consultative Employees Relations (‘CER’) process facilitated by Commissioner Newell of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW.  Dr Eleanor Hitchen was again in attendance at the meeting with ASMOF as a workplace delegate. 

At the last CER meeting held in late March, Commissioner Newell had suggested some action items for the parties to undertake with respect to the following outstanding issues: 

  • Defining part-time employees for the purposes of fees structure
  • Working at multiple sites (access and fees payable)
  • Suspension of car parking fees whilst on leave
  • Cancellation of car parking fees
  • Waitlist management

The parties reconvened last Friday to continue discussions on the above issues in attempt to resolve the inconsistencies of parking policies and charges across the LHD.  The discussions amongst the parties were extremely productive and were assisted by Commissioner Newell.  ASMOF can now positively report back to members, particularly our members who are working at facilities within the WSLHD that we have gained traction with the LHD in respect to the above items.  The outcomes reached are as follows: 

  1. Defining part-time employees for the purposes of fees structure 

The definition of part-time employees for the purposes of the parking fees structure has increased from 24 hours per week or less to 32 hours per week or less.  This means that if you are working at facilities within the WSLHD and your employed FTE hours (i.e. excluding overtime and on-call hours) are 32 hours per week or less, you pay the part-time parking rate.  Previously the cut-off was 24 hours per week or less at Westmead, whilst Blacktown was 32 hours per week or less. We argued that the definition ought to be consistent across the LHD and further advocated that it should be the higher cut-off threshold.  We have been able to achieve that.  This is a great outcome for ASMOF and our membership at WSLHD. 

  1. Working at multiple sites (access and fees payable) 

We have been advocating that you should only be required to pay one parking rate to access multiple sites across the WSLHD.  It would be unfair for the LHD to charge staff working across multiple sites multiple parking fees. ASMOF is delighted to report back to you that we have also been able to achieve a great outcome for members at WSLHD. 

    • If you work full-time and you are required to work at multiple sites within the LHD, you need only pay one full-time parking rate to gain access to the staff parking areas across the multiple sites within the WSLHD.  The parking rate shall be full full-time rate (this will be approximately $23 per week, adjusted for annual CPI, in accordance with the NSW Health Policy Directive PD2013_031.  At Westmead this rate will come into effect on completion of the multi-storey car parking complex). 
    • If you work part-time (i.e. your total employed hours accord with the above part-time definition) and you are required to work at multiple sites within the LHD, you need only pay one parking rate to gain access to staff parking areas at multiple sites across the WSLHD.  The parking rate shall be the full part-time rate (this will be approximately $15 per week, adjusted for annual CPI, in accordance with the NSW Health Policy Directive PD2013_031.  At Westmead this rate will come into effect on completion of the multi-storey car parking complex).

    • If you are only working at one hospital site but are required to attend the occasional meetings at other facilities, the LHD has agreed that parking will be made available for you without additional charges.  In addition, the LHD has offered their fleet vehicles for use and encourages staff to book and ultilise these vehicles for such instances.
  1. Suspension of car parking fees whilst on leave

If you are on approved leave (e.g. annual, LSL, LWOP or sick leave) and the leave is 4 weeks or more, you can apply to the LHD to have your parking fee suspended for the duration of your leave period and without losing your parking access upon your return from leave. 

This is another great outcome. Previously, Westmead had proposed that the leave duration be at least 5 five weeks or more. 

  1. Cancellation of car parking fees 

If you wish to cancel your parking access (e.g. on leaving employment with the WSLHD) and thereby not be charged any parking fees, you will need to give the LHD a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice.  The LHD indicated that it had sought advice regarding the process and procedures with HealthShare and that this was the advice received in order for the system to process the paperwork, including cancelling the employee’s payroll deduction for parking. 

  1. Waitlist management

This will be discussed separately with the hospital facilities as the various LHD facilities have their own waitlists for allocation and management of staff parking needs. 


The above agreement will be incorporated into a LHD-wide parking policy document.  It is anticipated that a draft of the policy document will be circulated for unions and members’ review prior to finalisation of the policy. 

The outcomes we have achieved in the CER process are a great result for our members who are working at facilities across the WSLHD.  We have obtained outcomes that will provide consistency and parity across the LHD, and in a fair and reasonable way. 

In concluding, ASMOF wishes to take this opportunity to express our thanks once again to Dr Hitchen and extend our appreciation to Commissioner Newell for his valuable role and assistance in the matter.

 

Westmead Hospital Car Parking Disputation 

There continues to be regular meetings held between the Unions and the Hospital on staff parking issues at Westmead and while the development of the multi-storey parking complex is underway.  It is understood that the multi-storey car parking complex is due for completion in the third quarter of this year. 

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Members will continue to be kept informed of further developments in these matters.