WYNYARD CARE CENTRE STAFF WILL UNDERTAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THEIR EMPLOYER’S ATTEMPTS TO RIP AWAY CURRENT WORKING CONDITIONS.
Workers at Wynyard Care Centre have been trying to replace their Enterprise Agreement since it expired in 2013. Finally, in late 2016, the facility’s NSW-based management offered Wynyard staff an entirely new Agreement which undermines almost every existing term and condition of employment.
In January, 97% of staff voted against the proposed Agreement. Since that time, the employer has provided another sub-standard offer and continues to refuse to meet with the employees and their representatives.
In response, workers are undertaking Protected Industrial Action. Initial actions will include a stop work meeting on Friday 21 April at 2.30pm, taking breaks in full and on time, not working overtime hours, and distributing material to the community about the problems at work.
Quotes Attributable to HACSU Assistant State Secretary Robbie Moore:
“It’s extremely disappointing that this for-profit facility is undermining our members’ terms and conditions of employment simply for increased profits.”
“Workers in this facility never receive overtime payments, but we know they all work significant amounts of overtime.”
“Our members provide the best possible care for their residents, but unfortunately the same can’t be said about the employer.”
“The previous Agreement expired in 2013; it’s time for a new Agreement that secures a fair outcome for these low paid workers.”
“Our members aren’t seeking extra terms and conditions, they just to maintain what they currently have.”
“Our members have been asked sell their entitlements for a pay increase of 1.5%, which is barely above CPI. It’s just not fair.”