Southern Cross Care's new cuts

Posted on
July 1, 2021
Aged Care Sector

Thousands more dollars taken from your pay.

Just hours before yesterday’s Southern Cross Care bargaining meeting that we had forced to happen after weeks of delays, they sent us their proposed new agreement.
We still have to go through it with a fine-tooth comb but at first glance it appears they're almost stripping it back to the award - ie as low as they can legally go.
This is absolutely insulting for workers who are already overworked and underpaid.
So what do they want to cut now except for your paid meal breaks?

  • Sunday penalty rates cut down to time and three quarters from double time
  • Afternoon shift penalty cut back from 15% to 10-12.5%
  • Night shift penalty cut from 19% to 10-15%
  • What counts as a week’s work will be 38 hours, not 37.5 hours as is the case for many employees now. That’s another 30 minutes of work a week. Not only shift workers will have to work longer days, day workers will too
  • They want the option to trade away these penalty rates and your overtime through individual agreements, where currently they can’t
  • Redundancies have been totally re-written, which could be another cut to your pay packet when leaving

All these could mean you will lose thousands of dollars in your pay, with more workload.

What about your conditions?

  • No more real casual conversation rights for those who want to become permanent
  • They want to introduce broken shifts, meaning working a few hours at the beginning and the end of one day with a huge break in between
  • They want to consultation obligations so all they need to do is to tell you once a decision has been made, not before

And the list goes on and on!

All SCC want is to slash your pay and conditions after the Royal Commission said aged care workers’ wages are already too low – this is disgusting and they should hang their heads in shame.

And what are you getting for all these cuts? A paltry 1.5% wage offer per year which is less than the cost of living. It’s a kick in the guts.

You don’t deserve this. We must work together and fight back to stop this attack on your working conditions.

Sign the petition here to tell SCC they won’t have their way.

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