Yes, it’s a loaded question because we all know that getting your meal break on time and in full is a massive issue across the RHH.
This is one of those times it’s crucial to know your rights. Nobody wants to compromise patient safety but you’re not at your best to care for patients if you’re not getting your meal breaks.
If you’re a day worker you’re entitled to have your meal break after no more than 5 hours. If you’re a shift worker, it’s to be taken between the 4th and 6th hours of work. There are provisions within the award for penalty payments if that doesn’t happen.
Today, I wrote to the Director of Nursing pointing out these provisions within the Nurses and Midwives Award and requesting that a friendly reminder be sent to all Nursing Unit Managers of their obligations under the award.
If you’re having any issue accessing your meal break or any other workplace issue, please give us a call on 1300 880 032.