After getting questions about payments when called in to clean/maintain equipment at MCH theatre we raised members' queries with the NUM who then followed up with the PROACT staff responsible for the data entries that determine staff payments.
The history of the area is one of constant restructuring resulting in the loss of call-in provisions and weekend and shift work, and we’ve been advised that when these were lost staff were told if they were called in for any reason they’d receive double-time as payment. We believe staff are now being paid double-time when called back, and we’ve also been told that since May this year day workers were granted double time for any overtime worked, not just when called back.
PROACT staff had continued to pay overtime and call-ins based on the award at time and a half but realised their mistake and rectified it in the system, and we believe this is now reflected in staff pays, so from this point forward all overtime and call-ins will be paid at double time.
We’ve had discussion around whether a minimum engagement when called in should apply, such as being paid for 2 hours if only 1 hour is worked, but as there’s no ‘official’ call-in roster it makes it difficult to argue that on-call and re-call provisions in the award are relevant - we could pursue a minimum engagement but that leaves us in a position where there’s a real chance the THS could revert the penalty rates back to award standards, and staff would get lower penalties than they do now.
From here on we’ll be guided by members on whether the matter should be pursued further as they're the ones directly affected by this decision now and into the future.
We’ll be around over the next week to discuss it further with members and establish a general consensus on our next move.