After our first bargaining meeting where we told OneCare what you wanted in your new agreement, we’ve started negotiations in earnest. In summary, they’ve only agreed to 2 out of your 12 claims and said that they are considering/reviewing all other claims and will get back to us when we meet again.
They agreed to pay a 2% wage increase from first full pay period on/after 1 July 2021, but haven’t indicated what their final wages offer will be.
There was discussion around a new category of leave called “exceptional leave” (this is in the nurse agreement). The idea is 2 paid days off in the event of miscarriage, stillbirth, family violence or an illness not captured by personal leave. OneCare also talked about including a training clause in the agreement but didn’t provide much detail.
Our major concern is that they said they wanted to “pull back” parental leave where you are currently entitled to 14 weeks paid leave. They didn’t explain what “pull back” would look like, but it’s extremely disappointing that they attempt to reduce this entitlement when nurses have 14 weeks leave. What makes a nurse more deserving than you? We’ll be talking about this at the next bargaining meeting.
Last, but definitely not least, their first offer refused all our proposals about how to fix workload problems. This is not acceptable. We’ve asked the CEO to reconsider their position and address the workload concerns ASAP. We also reminded them that it’s due to unaddressed workload issues in the agreement that workers at Umina Park ended up protesting.
Our meeting is on 12 August, and we'll keep you updated. If you have any questions, you can contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email@example.com