Community & disability services newsletter

Posted on
September 15, 2022
Social Community and Disability Sector

Your sector update

Favouritism or just needing staff? 

Staff at an organisation in the north west told us they feel preferential treatment is being given to a certain group of staff members. They’ve raised issues such as:  

•  Shifts at certain sites not always being widely advertised and instead are only being advertised to a select few

•  Some workers at a particular site being rostered to do 4 to 5 wake shifts a week, but not being afforded the opportunity to do other types of shifts throughout the day, and becoming burnt out as a result

After we raised these issues with management they said the reason for some supervisors to call individual staff to ask them to cover shifts is due to short staffing in the north west.

Management said that if staff members want to provide specific details or evidence that supervisors are only offering shifts to particular people, they’re happy to look into it further without any repercussions for those enquiring.

If you feel that there is preferential treatment at your workplace when it comes to rostering, you can raise the issue with management in the first instance.

If there are still no satisfying answers or you need your union to be a part of the conversation with management and yourself, then give us a call through HACSUassist.


Workloads are not the responsibility of workers

We’ve been trying to raise workload issues with a particular employer for a while. Instead of admitting these issues and addressing them, however, management seems to believe that many of these issues are not their responsibility. In fact, they’ve said that workers should take more responsibility to ensure that things like workload, extra shifts, and exceeding maximum hours are not occurring.

In response to this, we encourage workers to stop taking any extra shifts and write to management when they’re rostered for too many hours and when rostering doesn’t meet the required notice period.

Make no mistake, it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that your workload does not exceed what a worker is reasonably capable of.

So keep raising workload issues with us and encourage your colleagues to have a chat with us if they’ve got any issues. We’re here to assist you in making things better in your workplace.


It pays to be a HACSU member

We’ve been having ongoing discussions with workers and management about incorrect classifications at one of Tasmania’s major disability services providers.

After we compared some workers’ support duties against the classification definitions in the SCHADS Award, we uncovered that certain workers classified as level 1 under the award have been working at level 2.

We’ve asked the employer to reclassify these workers, pay them correctly and give them the backpay they’re owed.

This has prompted the employer to agree to review all level 1 positions and fix those that are incorrectly classified, which is a fantastic outcome.

This is an example of why it pays to be a union member and to have someone in your corner to raise issues like this.

If you believe you’ve been incorrectly classified, please contact us via HACSUassist so that we can look into your classification and support duties and make sure you’re classified and paid correctly.

If you know someone in your workforce who is not yet a HACSU member, chat with them about joining today!


The Work Shouldn’t Hurt survey is back and your input is critical

The annual Work Shouldn’t Hurt survey looks into the health and safety challenges workers are facing.

The 30,000responses collected last year were critical to winning stronger health and safety laws and rights for workers, but there is much more to be done.

That’s why we need to hear from you. Your feedback helps us tell the government what workers need for a safer working environment.

Take the survey here

Every voice counts.

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