Meercroft - New roster's should be out within 28 days notice

Posted on
November 15, 2022
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Aged Care Sector

Workers are disappointed with the short notice they are receiving about their rosters

We wrote to management and told them that workers are disappointed with the short notice they are receiving about their rosters.

Staff have told us that rosters often go out with only two weeks’ notice, though the current Meercroft Enterprise Agreement requires 28 days’ notice.

We said to management that if this is the case, not only have Meercroft breached their agreement, but short notice rosters also make it difficult for workers to find work/life balance.

Senior Workplace Relations Consultant Abbey George has since replied but denied there have been occasions where only two weeks’ notice was given to staff. Here’s her response:

As I’m sure you can understand, the rostering team has been put under a large amount of pressure of late given the last minute non-attendance for staff due to Covid (amongst other issues), which I’m sure you are aware has been the case since Covid first arrived. The rostering team at Meercroft always do their best to action staff requests and the like as well as address any issues as a matter of priority and nothing has been raised with them direct.

The only thing that has changed with the rostering is that, given the large workload of late, where the 28 days roster would have been posted on a Monday, unfortunately it has been delayed to Tuesday night in some instances. Extra resourcing has been looked at and the rostering team have undertaken to ensure that the roster is posted on the Monday as a priority – this complies with the 28 day requirement.

The rostering team are not aware of any occasions where only 2 weeks’ notice has been given. We are also not aware of this ever being raised with management.

Abbey also said if you have any further concerns about the notice period for rosters, you can contact management directly so they can investigate the matter and get back to you. Alternatively, you can give HACSUassist a call on 1300 880032 if you want to talk more about this issue.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Aged Care Sector