Southern Cross Care Tasmania
Yet, your employer has issued a draft agreement which (at first glance) appears to be giving you the lowest possible conditions that they can – i.e. the Award (minimum) level. But, because they are not ‘playing fair’, they have not provided the ANMF with a tracked version of the proposed ‘agreement’ which means that we will have to carefully compare the old and the proposed conditions to see what they want to take away from you.
We do know they intend to remove paid meal breaks from clinical staff AND extend your hours. Loss of a paid meal break means an 8-hour shift will now require you to be at work 8.5 hours. In the meantime, out of the kindness of your hearts, your employer no doubt expects that you will continue to provide clinical care to residents who fall, need assistance with meals, and toileting (among other needs), during the time which should be your meal break.
Are they poor? SCC only have a total net assets of $125,356,164 – not bad for a not-for-profit!
Yet what does SCC offer you? 1.5% wage increases (less than the cost of living). You can have a 1.5% wage increase for each of three years.
At a time when the Royal Commission is calling for increased care hours and better pay to keep staff working in Aged Care, clearly your employer is not interested in retaining staff.
They want to pay you less, but for you to give them more.
Apparently, Southern Cross Care still doesn’t care.
We will be surveying members in the next few days outlining the actual proposed losses to your conditions.
Members need to stand together and stand strong to protect their wages and conditions.
Updates correct as at 8 July 2021.
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary