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:
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.