We recently spoke to your new Industrial Relations Specialist, Ben Walker, and told him that members at Possability along the northwest believe that shifts at certain sites are not always being widely advertised and instead are only being advertised to a select few.
We told Ben that workers feel like preferential treatment is being given to a certain group of staff members, leaving others unable to apply for the extra shifts if they would like to. He has replied and explained the process for covering shifts as:
"Rostering will attempt to cover a shift by sending texts and phone calls to all staff allocated to a site. If they are unable to cover, then they will send it to the Supervisor and Senior to cover. So by the time Supervisors are calling individual staff to ask them to cover a shift all other staff have already said no or not responded to rostering."
Ben said that the NW in particular is currently short-staffed, so some supervisors need to work direct shifts due to several staff members not wanting to work at certain sites. He has also said that if staff members want to provide specific details or evidence that supervisors are only offering shifts to particular people, he is happy to look into it further without any repercussions for those enquiring.
We also let him know that some workers at a particular site are being rostered to do 4 to 5 wake shifts a week. This is okay for those who choose to do that many, but for those who do not, they are not being afforded the opportunity to do other types of shifts throughout the day, and they are becoming burnt out.
Ben encouraged staff members rostered at that site to talk about this issue with the direct supervisor in the first instance, and if they get no satisfaction, they can raise it with him directly.
You can contact Ben directly if you feel that there is preferential treatment at your site when it comes to rostering or doing too many wake shifts, and you can say that your union is advising you to raise the issue with him in the first instance.
If there are still no satisfying answers or you need us to be a part of the conversation between you and Ben, then give HACSUassist a call.