Following serious concerns raised by HSU members about the recent St Catherine’s EA ballot, management have agreed to conduct a new vote on the agreement.
This is a good win and only comes after many HSU members came forward expressing concerns and raising questions about the fairness of the voting process.
Management have agreed to conduct a much more secure electronic ballot, from 9:00 am on Monday 10 May until 12 noon on Monday 17 May. All staff will be sent a link via email to vote and you can chose to vote via SMS if you prefer. The ballot will be conducted by an independent third-party provider.
Despite winning the right for a new ballot, St Catherine’s are still asking you to lock in low pay increases of only 1.75% per year, for three years.
This is one of the lowest pay offers across the aged care sector and would guarantee to keep your enterprise agreement rates low until at least 2023.
We say that aged care workers deserve better!
If a majority vote ‘no’, the HSU will hold further meetings with management and we will push for a better wage offer.
You can find a copy of the proposed enterprise agreement at this link.
If your colleagues are not yet HSU members, encourage them to join online at www.hsu.asn.au/join to be part of the team campaigning for better wages.
We will be holding a brief Zoom meeting for union members to discuss the offer later this week. We will send you a text message with details shortly.
If you have any questions about the proposed agreement or the voting process, please contact the union on 1300 478 769.