We've since written to management again for clarification on the following:
- Why hasn’t special leave been granted?
- What happens if a member has insufficient sick or annual leave balance?
- Have members been offered the option of accessing LSL?
- Can members take annual leave or sick leave at half pay?
Management responded with:
“In answer to your questions, we had previously granted special leave, which was not a requirement, to the small number of staff that it applied to but given the unprecedented scale of this current situation to continue to do so would seriously compromise our ability to preserve jobs in the long term. Therefore we will be using the new Award entitlement passed by the Government allowing staff access to two weeks unpaid Pandemic Leave going forward.
As detailed in my email to staff we wish to lessen the financial impact on them by allowing them to have half as sick leave and the second half as any combination of other leave, with annual leave being our first preference. If staff wish to access long service leave that is fine and staff may take leave at half pay if they wish to do so.If staff have insufficient sick or annual leave balances they can take either long service leave or unpaid pandemic leave.”
This isn’t the best news for workers, but at least we now have some answers.
Stay safe, and if you have any issues or are still not clear, please get in touch.