New Care Model at Ronald Coleman Lodge and Your Rights

First of all, I hope you are taking good care of yourselves during the implementation of the new care model at Ronald Coleman Lodge.

At staff meetings held on 26 May 2021, Uniting local management and Human Resources confirmed that this change is “not cost cutting exercise” but an “exciting change for everyone” and “many of you will increase your hours”.  However, some concerns were raised at the Union member meetings held on the same day, especially about the contracted hours, the shift hours, and the duties of the new roles.  

There is no scheduled individual meetings following the all staff meetings; however, employees who wish to discuss their own situation can call for a meeting and have a Union representation. Thos employees who will lose total work hours due to the morning shift hours reduced by 15 minutes will need to have a separate discussion with the HR and local management.

There is no formal channel through which you share staff feedback on the new roster; the HSU strongly recommend you share your feedback and concerns in writing about the proposed roster as soon as it is published. The new roster will be in effect on 5 July 2021.

Your Roster Availability Form is due tomorrow- Wednesday 2 June. Please ensure to make it clear about what you want in the form.

If you have any particular concerns such as discontinuation of your role (Team Leader and Care Coordinator) or reduction of your contracted hours, need a contract review, or would like a separate discussion about your individual situation, contact the HSU Member Services Division at 1300 478 679 or [E-Mail not displayed] or your local Organiser, Hyojung Kim at 0458 012 322 or [E-Mail not displayed] for your representation. Your hours in the contract cannot be touched without your consent.

If you know a workmate who is not yet a member of the HSU, encourage them to join now. New members should join at or call 1300 478 679. Only members can have the Union representation at work.

And finally thank you for working as a frontline health worker.

In unity,

Gerard Hayes

Secretary, HSU NSW/ACT/QLD