What do members think of Respect’s offer?

Posted on
June 1, 2020
Aged Care Sector

Respect have sent us their response to our log of claims.

There is one big change that Respect wants to make around breaks that we really need member feedback on.

Currently, the system is:

  • 4 hours or less = no break
  • More than 4 hours but less than 7.6 = 30-minute meal break
  • 7.6 hours or more = 30-minute meal break and one 10-minute paid rest period

Respect are proposing:

  • 5 hours or less = 10-minute paid rest period
  • More than 5 hours but less than 7.6 = 30-minute meal break and one 10-minute paid rest period
  • 7.6 hours or more = 30-minute meal break and two 10-minute paid rest periods

Respect reckon this would have a limited impact on staff generally - ie those that currently work 4.5 or 5-hour shifts - and they say the ast majority of current short shifts are limited to 4 hours due to the current agreement provision, where this is not the case it's due to a previous roster structure.
The important thing to consider is if rosters were to change in the future, staff might gain a 10-minute break for 5 hours or less, but might lose the 30-minute break they'd currently get after 4 hours or more.
What do you members think?

They have offered a couple of improvements as well, and we'll go through all the detail as bargaining progresses, but the most notable ones are:

  • Domestic violence leave up from 5 days to 10
  • Improving staff consultation and workload clauses
  • Increasing the amount of uniforms given to staff 

Can members please let us know they're thoughts on this offer.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Aged Care Sector