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Posted on
November 24, 2020
Public Sector

Breaks wanted but at whose cost?

After concerns were raised around break times and the entitlement surrounding them, we decided to hold a meeting at Steele Street to try and establish what the current arrangements are, how this sits with award entitlements and the best way to move forward.
Not many staff members were able to attend, making it difficult to get broad support and agreement on the issue and how to tackle it together, but based on what we were able to learn we wrote to Jodie Franklin requesting clarity around CYS understanding of morning and afternoon tea breaks.
After two weeks without a response we escalated the issue to the Director of Child, and Jodie then clarified that THS will be following entitlements as stated in the award:

  • All staff are entitled to a break after 5 or more consecutive hours
  • Staff are entitled to take a morning tea and afternoon tea break if they choose to and this time will be deducted from their one hour lunch break entitlement
  • Staff who leave the workplace to move cars during the course of the day, as they opt to park in metred spaces, will also be expected to deduct this time from their hour lunch break

While it appears other areas of the state aren’t having pressure put on them the way the Devonport office has, feedback so far has indicated that others are acting broadly in line with the above.

Throughout this whole process the main reasoning behind the harsher approach from management’s point of view has been the initial coffee break taken around 9am taking too long and staff going to move their cars around parking spaces every two hours. We’ve been trying to ensure custom and practice in the workplace is maintained while maintaining workers' rights under the award.

I’ll be visiting soon and getting members' opinion on the best next steps. One thing’s clear, to progress this issue we need full support, so get your workmates onboard and let’s push for change together.

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

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