Disappointing "yes" vote for UAW agreement

Posted on
March 30, 2023
Aged Care Sector

We'll be here to advocate for you and work to protect you from the fallout of the vote

We have received the result of the ballot on Uniting AgeWell’s proposed agreement. Just over half of the votes were “yes” votes, which means that the proposal has been accepted by staff overall and will become your next workplace agreement.

HACSU fought for you all the way and stood with you as we all tried to protect your paid meal breaks, even in the face of intimidation and bribes from UAW.

We're sure many workers will share our disappointment that UAW’s measly 1.5% wage increase and cuts to paid breaks (for everyone except night shift workers) will make many UAW workers among the lowest paid in Tasmania.

To those who have stood strong and resolute over the last few years, we congratulate you. And to all union members – regardless of how you voted – we will be here to advocate for you and work to protect you from the fallout from the vote.

This vote may be over, but we’ll keep fighting for you.

UAW have indicated that you’ll have to work extra hours to make up your existing contracted hours after the agreement is approved at Fair Work. This means a likely roster upheaval. We encourage all HACSU members to contact us if UAW try to push you into hours that do not suit you.

And as for wages – although UAW have made it clear they think you’re only worth a 1.5% increase, HACSU is fighting for all aged care workers to get the 15% interim award wage increase as we continue pushing for a 25% pay rise for everyone across aged care in our work value case. If you’d like to get involved in our campaign for much-deserved pay rises for all, please get in touch with us.

If you have any issues or want to learn more, please get in touch through HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or assist@hacsu.org.au

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Aged Care Sector