Workers win: Parkside budged and ditched cheaper wage rates

Posted on 12 March, 2024 in Social Community and Disability Sector  

Thanks to your strength and resolve, Parkside have now relented and agreed to take out home care classification descriptors and pay rates from your Enterprise Agreement.
 
This is a fantastic win for workers, and for all of you who stood united in saying that you would not accept being paid less than disability support worker rates. It also means your jobs are secure because your employer cannot use a new cheaper workforce to undercut your rates of pay.
 
You have also secured some good improvements:

•    If a client cancels a shift with less than 12 hours’ notice then you’ll be paid for that shift
•    Work on a Sunday will be paid at double time
•    An allowance of almost $20 if your shift includes a break in it
•    Travell allowance payment of $0.96 per km
•    Afternoon shift penalty of 12.5% for shifts finishing after 8pm

Parkside will shortly release the agreement for you to view before a proposed vote that will open on 20 March.
 
We suggest you read the agreement closely before casting your vote. Some provisions have reverted to the Modern Award standard such as rates for on call.  The on-call rates will be $22.81 for each 24 hour on a week day and $45.23 for 24 hours on weekends and public holidays.  Telephone work whilst on-call will be paid a minimum of 15 minutes pay per call between 6.00am to 10.00pm.
 
On the whole, with the Fair Work Commission imminently going to terminate your existing agreement, we are recommending members vote “yes”.
 
If you have any questions or need more information, you can contact us via HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or at [email protected] 
For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email [email protected] or complete our online contact form

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