While the CEO was still nowhere to be seen, some SCC managers did front the bargaining meeting today where they withdrew some cuts to your conditions. They’ve now said they won't reduce your Sunday penalty rate and your afternoon and night shift penalties.
Several other issues remain unresolved, but they said they’ve heard what your HACSU representatives have had to say and will consider that prior to the next bargaining meeting. Unfortunately, they are still not listening when it comes to taking away shift workers’ paid meal breaks. We’ve made it clear that you will not support the agreement if they don’t back down from this ongoing threat to your take-home pay.
We believe they have only backed down on cutting your penalty rates because they are aware of how angry staff and the community are and how many of you have signed the petition against their proposed agreement. Well done on achieving this, but we need to do more to protect your working conditions!
The next bargaining meeting will be held next Wednesday 4 August and we're hopeful that SCC management will come to the table with a fair offer that doesn't attack your conditions and offers you a reasonable pay increase. We’ll update you following this meeting.
In the interim please sign the petition if you haven’t done so and encourage your colleagues to sign as well. This fight isn't over yet but we will win if we stay together.