Southern Cross Care wage theft

Posted on
January 24, 2022
Aged Care Sector

Fair Work shenanigans

After SCC’s no-show earlier this week at a Fair Work session about their wage theft, our legal team headed back in today.
While Southern Cross sent an expensive lawyer from Melbourne this time, we were successful in arguing that someone from SCC would be more appropriate and save them some money for that wage bill, so CEO Robyn Boyd attended as a representative instead.
Here are a few important developments we want you to be aware of:

  • The report with names and expected underpayments is due to be completed by March
  • We adjourned the session until February to make sure this happens on time
  • As we had expected, it was confirmed that a lot of the underpayment was due to SCC not complying with requirements around broken shifts. Funnily enough, this would impact the same group of people – home care workers – who were recently bullied into signing new broken shift agreements

It’s clear SCC will try anything to avoid dealing with this issue transparently, but we won’t let them get away with it.

We are concerned that home care workers, in particular, may become the subject of more intimidation as the wage bill mounts, so keep an eye out for home care member meetings soon.

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

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