HACSU disputes cuts to hours at Menarock

Posted on
March 27, 2020
Aged Care Sector

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered our dispute over cuts to hours on Thursday.

Menarock had proposed that a number of workers have their total hours and pattern of work savaged (more than cut in half). This would effectively destroy those workers’ livelihoods.

HACSU proposed the fairest way of dealing with proposed cuts would instead be to ask staff whether anyone would accept a voluntary redundancy. Menarock were entirely predictable in their meanness – they won’t pay anyone a redundancy.

Instead they expect some workers just to cheerfully accept their income being shattered.

Menarock indicated the DON will be asking staff if there are any shifts or hours they are prepared to relinquish. You are under no obligation to do so! Also be very careful as Long Service Leave is paid out on what you are earning at the time you take it, so a reduction in hours might hurt your LSL payment if you’re due to take that leave.

HACSU and Menarock are meeting before the FWC again next Thursday. Unless Menarock can suitably fix the situation for those who have suffered massive cuts, it appears unlikely a new roster will be able to be commenced by 13 April 2020 (the date Menarock wants to bring in the roster).

The ball is in Menarock’s court. They simply need to be fair and reasonable,and not obliterate some workers’ hours. If they do that, this matter may be resolved. If not, the existing roster will remain in place until there is resolution.

If you have concerns about proposals to cut your hours, please contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032.

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