Your agreement expired in December, but Japara didn’t want to bargain then as the takeover by Calvary was occurring, so today we wrote to Calvary’s Head of People David Izzard to find out what’s going on.
David thanked HACSU for reaching out, appreciating our acknowledgement that they’re working through a transition.
He said they’re spending a considerable amount of time and resources to fully understand and integrate their new services but this has been hampered by challenges such as Omicron and the Kronos outage, both of which continue to draw their focus.
We asked if we could get some sort of commitment to guarantee backpay for any negotiated wage increase that workers were due at the end of December 2021, and this was the response:
”That’s not the way that Calvary approaches agreement negotiations. Calvary will ensure a fair and holistic outcome for our employees to vote on once negotiations are complete and will consider the length of time since the last increase. Calvary will not make any commitments beyond that at this time. We ask for you and your members continued patience whilst we manage these issues and will be in touch soon to start to work towards a new enterprise agreement for our Tasmanian employees”.
Hopefully this will occur sooner rather than later. You’ll receive a survey from us soon so you can let us know what’s important to you for your new staff agreement.
Its time to stand up and be counted, so if you know someone who isn’t a HACSU member tell them to join - a strong united front is the only way to get a good outcome for everyone.