Yesterday HACSU was handed a draft agreement that deals with 12-hour rosters, but it’s the first time we’ve seen it and there’s been no genuine effort to consult with us in the last 6 months, and we’ve been given a very short time frame to provide feedback.
We’ve never agreed to be a party to this. We always take proposals to members to consult and get feedback, and key to consultation is that Communities sit down with us and talk through the issues rather than just trying to dodge us. We have not seen a draft roster and there’s no way, even if we agreed, that it could be ready to commence in January.
THE RUMOURS: We keep hearing rumours we’ve been discussing the roster with Communities and that 12-hour shifts have already been agreed to, but we haven’t been talking to anyone about it - all we know is approval’s been given to Communities to enter into a 12-hour roster agreement.
THE FACTS: There can be no 12-hour shift roster without an agreement. There is no agreement in place. You can work 12-hour shifts, but overtime applies. No agreement = no 12-hour roster.
We’ve made our position clear – once we have a transition agreement that deals with workers’ options at the time of closure, we’re happy to discuss other matters. We’ll always pursue the priorities for workers, not for anyone else.