We met with Southern Cross Care today for the first negotiating meeting for the new staff agreement - the meeting was really to set up a process for future negotiations, but HACSU have made several key requests that SCC should carry out in good faith.
Firstly, we have asked for a commitment that the new agreement will not reduce any current conditions. The Aged Care Royal Commission has highlighted the fact that wages and conditions for aged care workers are inadequate and we need SCC to commit to improved wages and conditions for workers.
We also raised the need to ensure members get a pay rise in January next year when it’s due. We told SCC we don't want to have to deal with back-pay disputes like we have unfortunately had to do in the past. To that end, we asked that this agreement end on 31 July 2023, some 5 months before the next pay rise will be due for the next agreement.
Southern Cross Care have agreed to consider all members' log of claims items and have committed to providing a draft document before the next negotiating meeting on 25 November. Meetings will then occur every two weeks after that.
We're still keen to get more members involved in the negotiations – so if you’re interested or you want to know more about what it involves - or even if you want to dob in a workmate who'd be good at it - give us a call at HACSUassist on 1300 880 032.