The first thing I-MED workers need to know about this is that you are not compelled to give up anything.
Your pay and contracted hours are expressly protected by your agreement.
I-MED cannot just ignore your agreement, which says that they can’t make these changes without you agreeing to them and requires I-MED to consult with you genuinely. They are just trying to bluff you!
If you have already advised that you can take a reduction in hours and feel like you were pressured in doing so, please follow up with this:
After advice from my union I rescind my voluntary offer to change my employment conditions. I do not believe that I was fully informed about my legal rights. Please contact my union and work with them to develop a thorough plan.
Please let us know if you’re asked to attend a meeting with management about changes, if you receive written advice, or if you have any questions about a proposed contract variation(s).
We encourage you to read clause 15 of your agreement which deals with redundancy. It includes a partial redundancy clause where hours may be cut from workers and describes your workplace rights.
Last week we wrote to I-MED to ask them to stop and talk to us.
If things are that grim, we can work things out. The government’s stimulus packages, particularly JobKeeper, may apply to I-MED and no ad-hoc changes should be forced on anyone.
Now they’re saying that if one person agrees, everyone else has no say and no rights. If your neighbour moves house, do you need to move too? That’s the quality of the argument here.