The HSU has been informed that some members are being asked to sign Individual Flexibility Agreements (IFAs) that waive their right to overtime. These agreements do not appear to satisfy the criteria for IFAs under the Award. The HSU encourages any members who have been asked to sign one to refuse to do so and to contact the union.
IFAs must be made by mutual agreement and they must leave the employee better off than they would have been under the award to be legal. Contrary to Southern IML’s assertion, sacrificing overtime payments with nothing in return does not ‘meet the genuine needs of the individual employee and Southern IML pathology’. It only meets the needs of Southern IML’s profit margins.
Your organiser Roy has written to the company requesting that these IFAs be rescinded as a matter of urgency. The HSU will initiate (another) formal dispute with Southern IML on Tuesday if this has not happened.
You do not need to sign an IFA presented to you by the company and it is illegal for your employer to threaten you with any adverse action for not doing so – for example, by reducing your shifts or not giving you any overtime.
You can find more information about your rights and IFAs by speaking to your HSU Organiser Roy or having a look at the following links: