UAW break changes

Posted on
August 9, 2021
Aged Care Sector

Don’t sign anything just yet!

We’ve been working through the UAW proposed changes to your breaks and trying to get to the bottom of things and, long story short, we aren’t convinced they can make the changes the way they are trying to.

They are basically relying on their interpretation of the wording of a grandfathering provision to try to get rid of the entitlement as it now operates.

That’s one half of the issue. The other half is how they want to then deal with the employees who don’t get the entitlements originally.

They want to create an allowance, instead of the paid break, to deal with this. But the allowance doesn’t appear to cover for penalties you might receive if on shift. Also, it isn’t clear whether you could leave the facility, like you can on an unpaid break, when you are receiving it.

More concerningly is that they want to start messing around with your hours. This shouldn’t be necessary. Your paid meal break should be part of your hours. If you receive anything that UAW ask you to sign – do not sign without talking to us first. We don’t want you to lose your contracted hours.

If you’ve been impacted by this change and are asked to set up a time to talk to HR, don’t forget that you can also have someone attend the meeting with you. So, if you are concerned, let us know ASAP.

We’ve spoken to UAW head office and want to meet them urgently to address this issue.

We’ve already said that they need to slow things down. It’s hard enough dealing with COVID changes and work on the floor without this thrown in the mix.

To our mind, this should be talked about at the bargaining table. If they want to remove the entitlement, then put it forward for the next agreement, so that we can bring forward negotiations and have this issue dealt with properly.

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