We received a final position from St Giles this week for the replacement for the St Giles and Arc Support Services staff agreement, and the plan from here is for the draft to be provided to all workers and for a vote to occur shortly afterwards.
We only have one concern with the proposed agreement and that is the proposal that afternoon shift loading will apply from 8pm rather than 6pm.
This is consistent with the award, and corresponds and coincides with funding rates from NDIA/NDIS, but it's a change and could affect workers if their shift ends between 6pm and 8pm. We don’t agree with the award provision and think it should remain unchanged so we’re really keen to hear from anyone who thinks this will disadvantage them.
The negotiations to date have led us to the following which will, at this stage, be included in the draft:
From members' claim:
- The agreement will be in force for 3 years
- 3% wage increase in the base rates for all employees covered by the proposed agreement that will apply from the first full pay period after the registration of the agreement. St Giles will increase wages by a further 2% per year, or the Fair Work Commission minimum wage panel increase, whichever increase is greater. This is scheduled annually in July.
- Buddy Shifts allowance of $2 per hour. There will be a particular process put in place for buddy shifts and the allowance.
- Beneficial changes 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 casual conversion provision where casual workers can request conversion to permanent part time where certain factors are met.
- Agreement on a clause whereby workers can access a wages payment outside the normal pay cycle if there's been a mistake or underpayment that would reasonably cause a worker financial stress.
What St Giles have tabled for change:
- Client cancellation: Proposal to insert the Modern Award clause despite its obvious shortfalls. This provision applies now in the absence of anything else.
- Change of the definition of 'disability support work' to encompass providing support to an aged person or person living with disability generally. The current definition reflects old provisions of support where most DSW was provided in a supported accommodation setting.
- Day shift to be revised from 6pm to 8pm, consistent with the award, and corresponding and coinciding with funding rates from NDIA/NDIS. This will affect afternoon shift loading.
- Minimum engagement for casuals to be reduced from 2 hours to 1 hour by agreement between employer and the employee.
- Provide a definition of 'workplace' to include, in some way, community-based clients’ homes.
- Clarifying the definition of breaks between shifts to alleviate inconsistency between shifts and extended broken shifts.
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