Persistence pays off!

Posted on
July 7, 2023
Social Community and Disability Sector

It pays to ask questions

We’ve been going back and forth with Neal since April on a few issues you’ve told us about at NWSS, often with no response in return, but finally it looks as though our persistence may have paid off.

We’ve been trying to chase Neal up about these things:

• Getting back pay for you if you’ve been continuously rostered for 8 and a half hours on certain wake shifts (10.30pm until 7am)

• Making sure you’re paid for mandatory training completed online or at home

• Pay errors in the Devonport area and workers’ reimbursements for errors being lost to tax

Finally, Neal got back to us with a blasé response about these things where he told us:

“We have formulated our payment for training policy and will shortly send staff a memo on this. Any back pay in this area will be paid on Thursday 17th.

Any overtime back pay will also be paid on Thursday 17th.

Pay mistakes in Devonport are odd errors and always rectified quickly. If people think that a rectified error has affected their tax, they need to contact us.”

Neal has been light on the details with us, but we can only assume based on his response that back payment will be forthcoming for workers affected by these issues – and we’ll be making sure this is the case.

This is a massive win for workers at NWSS and Neal’s commitment to follow these issues up is proof that persistence can really pay off – sometimes it’s good to be a dog with a bone when it comes to getting answers.

Congratulations to workers at NWSS for speaking up and refusing to back down!

If you have any further questions or believe you are entitled to back payment for any shifts over 8 hours or mandatory training, then make sure you let Neal know. If you still feel you’re not being heard, please get in touch with HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 so we can talk more about how we can help you.

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

Social Community and Disability Sector