Recently some members working at Smith Street raised that their 24-hour shift has been cut by an hour. The shift originally started at 3pm and involved an eight-hour sleepover component from 11pm to 7am the next morning. Leap had extended the sleepover shift to nine hours from 10pm-7am, leaving staff short an hour’s pay.
We wrote to Paul and said the issue here is that the client is a late sleeper and doesn’t go to bed till after 10pm, so staff are still up with him for another half an hour to an hour without being paid, and we also mentioned that under the Award (in particular 25.7 (c)) the span for a sleepover is a continuous period of 8 hours.
Paul wrote back: “It seems providers have less input into the SIL quoting for people we support. We have rostered based off the Roster of Care (RoC) received from the SIL Team. In light of this issue, I have directed rostering to put in a 3pm to 11pm S/O. I will go to the NDIA to have this funding reviewed to fund this in the long term.”
This means that things are back to normal with an 11pm-7am sleepover - so congratulations to everyone who brought this issue to us so we could get Paul to address it.
We also asked Paul if Leap has a Health & Safety Representative (HSR) or a Workplace Health & Safety (WH&S) Committee that staff could go to and raise any workplace health and safety concerns, as workers told us they weren’t aware of a WH&S Committee at Leap.
Paul said: “Previously I have overseen WH&S side with this being managed by the Operation Team as a committee. This has been identified as requiring a complete overhaul due to business growth and staff turnover. This has been identified as part of our quality improvements. I am meeting with Team Leaders this Friday with this as an agenda item. Team Leaders will be working with their support team to nominate a representative to form the WH&S committee which will be chaired by Leap’s Compliance Officer. WH&S will remain as an agenda item for staff meetings.”
This is also a great outcome for those of you who raised this issue!
We also advised Paul that workplaces generally send out expressions of interest for the positions of HSR and WH&S committee members rather than management nominating representatives. We hope Leap will take this advice on board.
Both the sleepover and WH&S committee questions raised by union members will help all staff at Leap. Never underestimate what you can achieve together when it comes to improving your workplace and helping all workers. Congratulations!