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Wednesday August 16, 2017

From The Mirror,
August 13, 1997

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•  Dorovitch Pathology Foster branch workers Ann-Maree O'Sullivan, left, and Fiona Duncan, right, are pictured with HWU State Secretary Diana Asmar.

FIONA Duncan and Ann-Maree O’Sullivan usually turn up for work at Dorovitch in Foster.
But they’re on strike and have been locked out.
“We feel really bad,” Fiona said. “We really care about our patients. We’re different from the city areas because we know the people.”
They say they have been forced to take action because they are doing it hard.
“We haven’t had a pay increase in 10 years,” Ann-Maree said. “All we want is to be paid the same as other pathology workers.”
The Health Workers Union (HWU) says 550 members have joined the stop-work action from 8.15am on Tuesday August 8, in response to the action issued on Monday evening.
The strike is protected action under s.410 of the Fair Work Act 2009.
The strike action and lockout follows a protracted pay dispute, with staff claiming they have not received a pay rise since 2007, and allegations Dorevitch have refused to move on a pay deal.
“The lockout notice was a tactic usually reserved by employers to use against militant trade unions,” said State Secretary of HWU, Diana Asmar.
“A lot of these workers are quite often single mums and sole income earners who have a formal qualification and who are only on minimum wage.
“Dorovitch are standing down random people, union members who are participating in industrial action, in an effort to intimidate the rest of the staff to get back to work.
They made $1.2 billion profit over the last 10 years.
“While these people are earning minimum wage, the executives of Dorevitch Pathology are rewarding themselves with massive bonuses.”
A statement from the HWU last week said:
“After a courageous display of collective action by over 500 HWU members at Dorevitch, CEO Neville Moller has disgracefully and predictably locked out 66 workers.
“The Health Workers Union, in the strongest possible terms, stands by the Dorevitch 66. A strike fund with a crowdfunding link will be live tomorrow.
“This is a lawful employee response action under s 410 of the Fair Work Act. Note: employee response action does not require any advance notice under s 414(4) of the Fair Work Act.
“Send a strong message to Neville Moller. Touch one. Touch all.
“It has come to our attention that Dorevitch HR Rebecca Bracko has sent an email to Dorevitch workers that wrongly suggests that walking out at 8.15 am tomorrow is not lawful. She either doesn’t understand the law, or is deliberately misleading you. We have put Rebecca on notice that if she does not retract her email immediately we will commence proceedings against her in the Federal Court.
“Enough is enough.
“Nev. Time’s up.”
Another post on Facebook says HWU members are winning:
“Management is in full panic mode as services are heavily impacted across the State. You are worth far more than a 0% pay rise offer. Stay strong and united. Support your locked out work mates! Stay away from work tomorrow (strike ends 8.15am on Thursday).”
Dorovitch have responded by locking out even more workers leading the workers to continue the strike until 8am Tuesday August 15.
“We must stay strong,” Fiona said. “HWU awarded Dorovitch the worst employer of the year. It should have been of the decade.”
“There’s only one way to deal with a bully - stand your ground!” said Dianna Asmar.
A Dorevitch spokesperson told The Mirror on Monday that “Dorevitch Pathology is experiencing minimal disruption to services from the industrial action.  A number of contingencies have been implemented to limit the impact to patients and GPs. 
“Our laboratories are continuing to process tests and work with GPs to deliver results as per usual. There has been no impact to the services we provide public and private hospitals. 
“We are asking patients to access our website ( for details on any closure of collection centres and information on the nearest alternative centre.
“Dorevitch remains committed to its GPs, patients and staff as we work through this matter.”








Australia Day Award nominations open

Nominations are now open for the South Gippsland Australia Day Awards. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise people in our community who go above and beyond.
Awards are now open in the following categories:
- Citizen of the Year
- Event of the Year
- Youth Community Contribution
The ‘Citizen of the Year’ award celebrates individuals in our community that make a significant contribution to South Gippsland. We all know someone that works tirelessly for their town, group or committee - this is an opportunity to recognise them and their achievements.
The ‘Event of the Year’ helps to recognise events that are held within our community. Events provide cultural and economic benefits to a region and often wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of community organisations.
Winners in each of these categories will appear on the Australia Day Honour Board in the Leongatha Memorial Hall.
The ‘Youth Community Contribution Award’ is a non-competitive category which aims to acknowledge the community contributions of young people (12 – 25 years) in the Shire.
All nominees in this category will be presented with a Community Contribution Certificate.
Mayor of South Gippsland, Ray Argento, is a keen supporter of the awards and the people they celebrate.
“There are so many people that contribute significantly in our communities. They do what they do because they have a genuine desire to help and make a difference for their community.
“While these humble, hard-working folk may not be seeking accolades submitting an Australia Day Award nomination is a small way to acknowledge that their hard work is noticed and appreciated.”
You can nominate someone for an Australia Day award online viawww.southgippsland or a printed version can be mailed to you.
Nominations must be received no later than 31 October.


Meeniyan Commons Project kicking off

South Gippsland Shire Council expects redevelopment works to begin on the Meeniyan Commons project on Tompkins Road, Meeniyan next week.
Works will be undertaken by the successful contractor South Gippsland Quarries to complete the $400,000 project. The project was made possible with $70,000 from Council and $330,000 in grant funding from Regional Development Victoria which was a result of savings on the Black Spur Section of the Great Southern Rail Trail.
The project will include upgrades such as:
• Increased car parking
• Increased long vehicle parking
• Better linkage to the Great Southern Rail Trail
• New kerb and channel and asphalting works
The project, which was initiated by the Meeniyan Progress Association, has been designed to improve access links from the Great Southern Rail Trail into Meeniyan.
South Gippsland Shire Mayor Councillor Ray Argento was pleased to see the works go ahead in Meeniyan.
“The Great Southern Rail Trail is a premier tourism asset in South Gippsland and it is vital that we ensure adequate supporting facilities are provided for all users.
“I envisage that the Meeniyan Commons project will increase the user experience of the rail trail, which can increase visitor numbers and boost the tourism economy.
“These works will also improve linkage to Meeniyan itself, which will create a greater opportunity for visitors to stop and enjoy the many cafes and shops Meeniyan has to offer,” said the Mayor.
The project is expected to be completed by late 2017, weather permitting.


One act play festival on this Saturday

AT a one act play festival audience members are offered a great variety of relatively short plays.
Festival rules state that each company has a maximum of ten minutes to set up their play and that they must have all of their set off the stage within five minutes afterwards so that the next group can begin.
There are usually about four plays in a session and people are welcome to come and go between the plays, stay for a whole session or see every play in the entire festival.
FAMDA is hosting its seventeenth one act play festival at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre this weekend.
Locals are invited to make the most of the chance to enjoy some (or even all!) of the huge variety of plays on offer at a friendly festival with great entertainment, good company, good heating and good old fashioned hospitality with seating in a combination of cabaret and concert styles.
The Young Players Festival kicks off proceedings at 9:30 am on Saturday August 19 and performances from Fish Creek based Nautilus Youth Theatre, Foster Primary School, Koonwarra Village School and Wesley College.
The entry fee for the Young Players Festival is just $5 for adults, children free, ideal family entertainment.
The main festival offers sixteen plays and is divided into four sessions, starting at 1.45pm and 7:30 on Saturday and at 9:30 and 1:30 on Sunday August 20.
Of special local interest are two FAMDA entries.
A delightful comedy, ‘The Wylah Valley Book Club’ by Edwin Coad, is the second play on the Saturday night bill with Lynn Atkinson, Judy Barnard, Dianne Berryman, Alison Hodgson, Jean Moore, Dianne Paragreen and Marg Rudge in the cast.
Sunday afternoon’s #2 play is ‘Bus Stop’ with Noel Stringer and Mike Street as two men who meet at a bus stop and change lives.
The complete festival play listing is available on line at It lists by session all the plays in the festival with their duration, genre and censorship classification.
Have a look at the play schedule. There may be a particular play, or group of plays, you would like to see.
With a $25 festival pass people can come and go as much as they like. Entry for a single session costs $10 and it is possible to join a session in the breaks between plays.
Book festival and session passes on line at or simply buy tickets at the door prior to each session or during play set-up times.
Come and enjoy the low-cost fun and surprises of this fabulous festival right on your doorstep.




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