How would you feel about working extended shifts?

IRT recently contacted the Health Services Union to advise a number of staff at Woonona and William Beach Gardens had approached management regarding the possibility of working 12-hour shifts.

IRT has sent out communication to their Woonona and William Beach Gardens staff via Platinum to determine how staff would feel regarding the option of working 12-hour shifts for a three-month period.

Clause 21.4 of your IRT Enterprise Agreement allows for a pilot roster to trial “flexible roster practices”, including 12-hour shifts. You can see your agreement here:

https://www.fwc.gov.au/documents/documents/agreements/fwa/ae501959.pdf

Importantly, the clause says:

(a) The terms of the pilot roster shall be agreed in writing between IRT and the relevant Union, nominated employee representative, consultative team or Employees working in a particular Care Centre/Service. Provided that the Employees and any representative of the Employees shall not unreasonably refuse to agree to, or unreasonably delay in responding to a Pilot Roster Project proposed by IRT.

This means you have a say and agreement must be reached in writing before any change can be implemented.

Your local HSU organiser Meri Bosevski has been speaking to IRT staff about the proposal and the pros and cons of working these shifts. Overall, the general consensus has been that staff were already exhausted and were concerned that 12-hour shifts could be unsustainable.

To formalise the HSU’s response to IRT, we are asking members to send your views about the implementation of 12-hour shifts for a 3-month period to [E-Mail not displayed]. Are you in favour of the idea, or against it? Why?

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your local HSU organiser via [E-Mail not displayed] or call the HSU Member Services Division on 1300 478 679.