Masonic general staff should have received back pay for underpayments from July 2018 –June 2019.
Members may have noticed they were paid more this time than they were earlier for underpayments between July 2017 – June 2018, and that’s because Masonic paid an extra amount equivalent to the correct wage increase for most of that year, but it wasn’t continued through to the following year from July 2018 – June 2019.
HACSU has cross-checked back pay made against a staff member’s entire pay records and the amount back paid is correct, so it appears that the method and formulas used by Masonic are the right ones - that said, it's always prudent to check just to be sure.
Masonic have told us that they will make final back pay amounts for the year July 2019 – June 2020 and June 2020 – current by 23 December.
They also indicated that they started paying general staff the correct hourly rates from 5 October.
We’ll work through some more issues around backpay in the new year, where home carers haven’t progressed after a year of service at their level, when they should've been paid at a higher wage, and where allowances in the EBA should've increased in line with wages but hadn’t.
Home carers will also note that Masonic have adjusted pay slip records to show payment of a meal break when they work for more than 5 hours. They’ve told us this meal break has always been paid but was not separately recorded on payslips. We understand it’s difficult for members to cross-check historical rosters and payslips, as those rosters may no longer exist, but anyone who believes they haven’t been paid meal breaks when they should have please contact us.
Finally, there are concerns that home carers, before October 2017, weren’t paid afternoon shift penalties when their shift finished after 7pm. So anyone who thinks they may have been affected should get in touch with us.
In the new year Masonic should be in a position to finalise replacement EBAs –this is because the financial impact of back pay will be known and we will be on the same page about what current wages are.
HACSU members have fought for all the back pay made and correction of Masonic’s past oversights – getting this fixed has been a long time coming, and is a huge and important win for members.