You’ve been patiently waiting for your employer to come to the table and negotiate your new agreement and now they repay you by ignoring your log of claims and proposing cuts to your paid meal breaks.
Following Southern Cross Care and Uniting AgeWell’s proposals to cut paid meal breaks, Masonic is now racing to the bottom in the aged care industry.
They said they will grandfather existing employees, but don’t believe the hype. If we let this proposal go ahead, you will allow Masonic to employ a new workforce who are thirty minutes a day cheaper than you. Then who do you think they will give extra shifts to? How secure do you think your job will be? They’ll look for any opportunity to phase out their old more expensive workforce for a cheaper new one. It’s just how the economics of running a business works.
But you don’t have to give them that opportunity. You can demand equality – paid meal breaks for all. With that equality you give yourself security and you take away the financial incentive for the employer to treat you differently.
To add insult to injury, their pay offer is disappointing and inadequate. The proposed increase is 2% in December with backpay to July 2021, 1.75% in July 2022 and 1.75% in July 2023.
We’ve asked Masonic to provide the offer in writing urgently so we can come and talk to you about it. They committed to do that by COB yesterday but, unsurprisingly, we still haven’t got it.
We also asked for details about how cutting paid meal breaks would affect your contracted hours and rosters. They could not even give a time when they’ll provide the information.
Bargaining should be about improving your pay and entitlements, not an opportunity for your employer to rip you off.
Over the next few weeks, your delegates and organisers will be out to talk to you about what this means for workers across Masonic. We’ll let you know about your options of how to stop management from taking away your working conditions and to ensure you receive a decent wage increase that keeps up with the increases to your cost of living for things such as rent, groceries, and petrol.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!