The National : JUNE-SEPT 2017
76 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 apparently it is normal in arbitration to ask for considerably more than you expect to achieve, and similarly to offer considerably less than you expect to yield. A situation which at one stage seriously threatened to split our Association (some obviously did not want to take serious industrial action) ultimately I believe, bonded most of us together at the time, and certainly lifted our profile in the health care field. Golf Another vivid memory from VILA’s early years would have to be the post seminar golf tournament, with those avid golfers amongst our members competing in particular for the Westpac Shield. The Shield was competed for on 16 occasions, win- ners being: Jack Runnalls (7), Gary Turnbull (4), Doug Ash (2) Bob Maslin (2), Jim Warren (1). Many excellent scores were recorded, the Best Gross was 82, and a NAGA of 178 ... you know who you are. Jack reminisced on what a pleasant way it was to wind up a Seminar. Sadly the numbers dropped away from 2011 onwards and finally fizzled out. A sign of the times. Having retired in 1991 (after 29 years on the job) but thanks to VILA, as a Life Member I was able to still attend Seminars. With very few records available, there is little I can report on, post ‘93. (Ed.: this must have been particularly galling to Jack, who actually had original documents from 1966 and so on to refer to.) “However, three matters stand out that had a profound effect on our industry and VILA’s ongoing viability. I refer to:- i) The closing of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Linen Service in 1992 and ii) The introduction of a Theatre Pre- Pack Service in 1993 at Loddon iii) The Deregulation of Public Health Linen Provisions in 1995. Let’s look at these separately. i) Closure of RMH The closure of this, the first Linen Service, was I believe, the result of a deal brokered between the Health Dept. and the H.E .F. Anyhow, regardless of my views, the result was that the linen supply to Melbourne hospitals was divided up amongst the larger provincial linen services, initially seen as a bonus to these organisations Loddon, for example, got an extra 30 tonnes per week, plus some additional equipment, an extra shift involving extra staff, which is always a good thing in a provincial city. However, I heard Ken Draper say, some 12 - 18 months later, that because of ongoing problems with some of the larger city hospitals i.e. The Childrens, he would be happier to go back to only servicing country clients. Frank and Joyce Nicholas As Editor of the NATIONAL, Frank was a firm fixture on the state and national laundry scene, and a great friend. John Childs Noel and Joan Huttley. The organiser of many a fabulous Industry Golf Day. All the way from Germany, Karl Schubert of Milnor B.V. was a great favourite with VILA Members.
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