We met with OneCare last week to continue bargaining for the general staff agreement.
The big-ticket item was wages. We told OneCare that they would need to improve their pay offer if it was going to cut the mustard, particularly after the Fair Work Commission increases of at least 4.6% for those on the award.
We also told them negotiations would be totally derailed if they insisted on including their “wage offset” clause, which OneCare have now agreed to remove. This means they won’t be able to dilute any aged care-wide pay rise we might get through our work value case at Fair Work with agreement wage rises.
Here’s what’s the offer looks like now:
The agreement would only be a short one, expiring 30 June 2023
Wage offer for 1 July 2021 will be an increase of 2.5% on current wage rates (2% has already been passed on, with 0.5% to be backpaid)
Wage offer for 1 July 2022 will be:
- 3.0% on current wage rates for Administration and Home Care
- 4.0% on current wage rates for all other general employees
This is better than the 2.5% on offer before, but it also splits admin and homecare from other employees. OneCare said that’s because the wage rates for admin and home care are further above award rates and this is to “create a level of equity” – to use their words, although we believe it would be a more equitable offer if that was 4% for everyone. We are working through the figures and will meet again later today, so keep an eye out for the next update.