Southern Cross Care wages attack

Posted on
April 26, 2021
Aged Care Sector

Losing $2400 a year for the same amount of work?

We don’t think you’re willing to lose $2400 a year and do the same amount of work, but that’s what SCC expects from you by cutting your paid meal breaks.

Our negotiating team made it very clear that staff will not accept the offer as it stands and SCC need to rethink their attack on workers’ pockets, since we understand such an agreement would be voted down.

SCC’s pathetic wage offer of 1.5% increase per year for the next three years equates to 35c an hour, and there is no backpay. Now to add insult to injury, they want to take away your paid meal breaks. Though SCC said they’ll pay some staff to stay back and receive a paid meal break, they can’t have it both ways.

If an ECA who currently earns $23.38 an hour lost their paid meal break, their total loss after 1.5% pay offer would be $92 per pay, or $2399.80 per year.

These figures are based on an ECA working day shift Monday to Friday at 38 hours per week. If you work afternoons, nights, weekends or a public holiday, you would lose substantially more! It’s too much for a hard-working low paid worker to lose.

If we stick together, we can stop SCC’s attack on your wages.

We’ll be visiting you over the next few weeks to hear your thoughts and work out a plan to make sure you are not losing your working conditions.

Since there is now a real possibility that we’ll have a protected industrial action ballot, we need to have all your details correct to ensure that you can vote.
If you’re not sure whether your phone number and address are up to date, you can check with HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or send through your up to date details to

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

Aged Care Sector