Bargaining, second jobs and all things Able

Posted on
April 7, 2020
Social Community and Disability Sector

Able have written to us about negotiations for your staff agreement to ask to put it on ice for 3 months while they work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Read the letter here.

We’ve also heard some concerns about the forms they’ve been giving out regarding whether you have a second job so we asked about the purpose of these forms, and this is Able’s response:

“I have followed your question through and have established that each house in Tasmania is completing its own emergency plan re Covid-19 which involves a workforce availability component – should there be a lockdown, adjustment in resident numbers or need to adjust staffing/services as Covid evolves and instructions from either Government/Policy direct etc may change. On that basis, when completing the plan, I understand details are being collected to assist with that process/planning. I do not believe that anyone has been given a form to complete. If you come across one, we would be glad to receive a copy and follow that through as appropriate. At the same time, I understand that staffing will need to be quite tight but if there is a Covid incident, which we hope won’t be the case, then the necessary steps in terms of incident management can be completed.”

What do you reckon about that?

We particularly want to hear your thoughts on bargaining and whether you’d be comfortable putting it on hold if we are able to get some key commitments re pay-rates and arrangements in the meantime.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

Social Community and Disability Sector