ANMF congratulate members on their commitment to industrial action which has resulted in an improved offer being presented by Southern Cross Care Tasmania (SCCT).

Revised Offer Received from the Employer

ANMF congratulates members on persuading Southern Cross Care to improve its offer.  As at 7 February 2018, the employer is offering to backdate the first wage increase of 2.5% to 1 April 2017, which is essentially a 3 month back pay offer. 

If employees accept this offer, they will receive 3 months of back pay based on actual hours worked with an adjustment made to members superannuation.

The employer has not changed any other elements of the proposed agreement that it put to ballot in October 2017. 

Here is a summary of the employer’s new offer:

  • Wage offer:
    • 2.5% from the first full pay period on or after 1 April 2017 (essentially 3 months back pay)
    • 2.25% from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2018
    • 2.25% from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2019.
  • No cuts to redundancy provisions
  • No change to span of ordinary hours for home care employees
  • Unresolved workload disputes can be escalated through the dispute settlement procedure of the agreement.

This is a positive improvement and ANMF will meet with members this week to congratulate them on their successful industrial campaign and the employer offer.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact our Member Support Team on (03) 6223 6777 or 1800 001 241 (if outside Hobart). Alternatively, email membersupport@anmftas.org.au.

Background 

On the 25th of July ANMF scrutineered the collection of the Southern Cross Care Tasmania (SCCT) Protected Action Ballot (PAB) in Hobart. This ballot was successful with 53% of members voting! Of these, 70% of members who returned ballot papers voted YES to all forms of industrial action listed in ANMF’s protected action ballot application (see below). ANMF subsequently met with members to plan industrial action at each SCCT facility. When workplace representatives of members at all facilities resolved to take industrial action, ANMF advised the employer of its members' intent to begin industrial action on the 4th of August 2017.

Actions Commenced

Members of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Tasmanian Branch working at SCCT sites across the State commenced industrial action on the 9th of August. This action is in pursuit of a fair offer for the new Agreement from their employer. From 7am on Wednesday 9 August, ANMF members began wearing campaign badges and handing out information flyers to residents, their families and members of the public in order to raise community awareness of the concerning situation nurses and care staff face, with their current poor wages and conditions and the unacceptable offer from SCCT. Industrial action will continue until an appropriate resolution is reached.

An online petition to call on SCCT management, board members, and the community to take an action is currently open. You can sign this petition here: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/fair-pay-for-aged-care.

  

Past Actions

ANMF met with SCCT management at a scheduled negotiation meeting on Thursday, 17 August. While it was hoped that this would help to progress the matter, no resolution was made at this time. SCCT was in no hurry to resolve the current impasse despite industrial action being in place. As of 7 am Friday 18th August, ANMF members were extending their industrial action which included the following:

  1. Wearing campaign badges
  2. Talking to residents, families and friends about the issues at hand
  3. Letterbox drops to create community awareness
  4. A ban on overtime
  5. A ban on performing any duties not stated in employees of SCCT position descriptions
  6. A ban on completing any paperwork or electronic forms other than that which is directly related to documenting client care
  7. Taking all breaks in full and on time, and claiming all overtime

 

Protected action ballot application

  1.  Indefinite or periodic industrial action in the form of not complying with restrictions on making comment or distributing information to the public, clients or the media about the reasons for industrial action
  2. Indefinite or periodic industrial action in the form of wearing campaign material and/or badges
  3. Indefinite or periodic industrial action in the form of a ban on performing overtime
  4. Indefinite or periodic industrial action in the form of a ban on completing or submitting paperwork or electronic forms, including any retrospective completion or submission of such paperwork or electronic forms, for the purposes of reporting to funding bodies of your employer
  5. Indefinite or periodic industrial action in the form of a ban on performing any duties not stated in your position description
  6. Indefinite or periodic industrial action in the form of a ban on completing any paperwork or electronic forms other than that which is directly related to documenting client care
  7. Indefinite or periodic industrial action in the form of taking all breaks in full and on time
  8. Indefinite or periodic stoppages of work of between 15 minutes and 24 hours in length
  9. An unlimited number of stop work meetings of varying length

The future

ANMF will continue to support and stand up for all of our Nurses and Carers who work tirelessly in Aged Care. They are entitled to, and deserve safe working conditions and decent pay! If you have any queries or concerns regarding the PBA and actions moving forward, please do not hesitate to contact the ANMF Information Centre on (03) 6223 6777 or 1800 001 241 (if outside Hobart). Alternatively, you can email info@anmftas.org.au.

Campaign Collateral

We encourage you to download, print and place the below campaign collateral around your workplace. The key to this campaign is awareness and the best way for us to do that is with your help! If you need anything further please contact marketing@anmftas.org.au.