This new may have left many of you who carry out vital duties working with our most vulnerable people understandably worried and anxious.
Due to what has been happening around the world with the pandemic, we believed it was sadly only a matter of when this would occur, not if.
We have been working with employers to put protections for your rights in place for when the inevitable happened.
Due to those conversations, many providers have come up with some good things. For example:
Unfortunately, the 3 facilities that have been affected haven’t committed to anything like this.
Melaleuca said they will meet their obligations and comply with what the public health department has advised, but they will not bring in pandemic leave.
Eliza Purton and Coroneagh Park, both owned by Respect, advised that they have plenty of PPE (personal protective equipment) stashed away and would send office staff out and about to deliver it where needed to their facilities. However, they also advised that, like Melaleuca, they will be following the public health department obligations which do not include any specific pandemic leave provisions.
They did say, when going above and beyond the public health instructions to direct staff not come to work, that they would consider paying this on a case-by-case basis.
When HACSU met Respect recently to talk about bargaining, we specifically asked to put special pandemic leave in the agreement but Respect they said they did not support that claim.
We realise this is a difficult time and our members may be feeling stressed and alone.
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any issues at work or if you need to be pointed in the right direction for assistance in any way.
We are your union and we are here for you.