We’d have liked the new agreement for St Giles and ARC to be finalised by Christmas, but with the year we’ve had we’re relieved it’s ready to go to a vote early in 2021.
A statement containing the changes and a comparison with the award will be provided by your employer early in the new year, followed by some discussions at union member meetings, and then the agreement will be voted on.
Our only concern is afternoon shift loading applying from 8pm rather than 6pm,which is consistent with the award and corresponds with funding rates from NDIA, but it is a change that will affect you if your shift ends between 6 and8pm.
We don’t agree with the award provision and think it should remain unchanged and we’re really keen to hear from you if you think this will disadvantage you.
The agreement does have some improvements and, of course, wage increases.
What you asked for and got:
- The agreement will be in force for 3 years.
- 3% wage increase in the base rates for all employees covered by the agreement that will apply from the first full pay period after its registration. St Giles will increase wages by a further 2% per year or the Fair Work Commission minimum wage panel increase, whichever is greater, scheduled annually in July.
- Buddy Shifts allowance of $2 per hour with a particular process put in place for these.
- Improvements to family violence leave with a proposal for 3 days paid leave per occasion uncapped.
- Agreement to a process to review contracted hours for permanent part time employees.
- Agreement on a provision so casual workers can request conversion to permanent part time if certain factors are met.
- Agreement on a clause so you can access payment outside the normal pay cycle if there’s been a mistake or underpayment that will cause you financial stress.
What else will change:
- Proposal to insert the Modern Award client cancellation clause, despite its obvious shortfalls, and this provision applies now in the absence of anything else.
- Change in the ‘Disability Support Work’ definition to encompass providing support to an aged person or person living with disability generally, as the current definition reflects the old system where most DSW was provided in a supported accommodation setting.
- Day shift to be revised from 6pm to 8pm. This award provision corresponds with funding rates from NDIA. If you work a shift now that finishes at 7pm you get afternoon shift loading, but under the new agreement you won’t get this unless you finish at or after 8 PM.
- ‘Workplace’ definition to include community-based client’s homes.
- Definition of breaks between shifts clarified to alleviate inconsistency between shifts and extended broken shifts.
For more info or to discuss the next steps in the process, please contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or via email email@example.com
We hope you, your family, and the people you care for have a wonderful and happy festive season and we’ll see you early in 2021.