Since our last update some new Southern Cross Care contracts have arrived, which is good news.
After pressure from HACSU, SCC have said the new contracts will reflect the hours members work, not just what old contracts said, which is a big win and wouldn’t have happened without members standing together!
They have also committed to maintaining the status quo in terms of the roster and working arrangements, so rosters and hours should be staying the same for now as staff change from BUPA to SCC.
Unfortunately, the contracts are missing one very important part – the pattern of work - and, as we’ve discussed, when starting with SCC as a part-time employee people have to agree in writing on their regular pattern of work, this is the hours and days worked and start and finish times, and it needs to be agreed in writing before anyone starts working with Southern Cross Care.
So anyone who's part-time and has a new contract that doesn’t include a pattern of work shouldn't sign it yet. It's really important to lock in a pattern of days and times of work, especially when it comes to future changes at SCC that might have an impact. Setting the pattern of work means having more say about any future changes to rosters and work times. Plus, it’s a legal requirement for Southern Cross.
Anyone who hasn’t got a new contract and who's been trying unsuccessfully to get details from BUPA about their current BUPA contract should email Rogan.McMahon@bupa.com.au. Bupa has told us they aren’t aware of specific concerns about BUPA contracts or hours of work – so if that’s not true then let Rogan know as soon as possible!
We’ve told Southern Cross Care that part-time contracts won’t be signed until the pattern of work problem is fixed, and we're negotiating around how best to do this, so keep an eye out for updates!