Update on Whiddon Carers Roster Change

Your HSU representatives have now met with the management of Whiddon Easton Park to discuss the impact of the proposed roster change on your colleagues.

Members will soon be invited to the individual consultation meeting with management to discuss the proposed roster which has been supplied to you in the pack. The proposed changes may affect some of your starting times/finishing times, shift patterns, and contracted hours. Whiddon is proposing to increase some shifts by 1.5 hours and to reduce some shifts by the same hours.

Whiddon management have been told they must consider all concerns raised by staff, residents and family members, to ensure the best outcome for everyone. Management confirmed that following the change, there will be ongoing reviews including clinical indicators, call bells response time, feedback and complaints. They have given assurances that members’ feedback will be considered before implementation of the master roster.

Whiddon is proposing to publish the master roster from May 2023 with it commencing from June 2023. According to Whiddon, there are currently 18,000 hours in the roster each fortnight and there will be potential reduction of 235 hours each fortnight. However, there are 45 vacant shifts which they aim to fill during this roster review process. In total, there are 41 employees that might be affected by this change. Whiddon has assured that they will be working closely to match each member’s contracted hours.

It’s important that you know your rights during this consultation period.

Whiddon must consult with all affected staff members. That means Whiddon must:

·         Provide in writing all relevant information about the change;

·         Invite you to give your views about the proposed change; and

·         Consider any views about the impact of the change, such as workload or impact on residents’ care.

HSU members will be supported throughout this change.. If your colleagues are not yet HSU members, encourage them to join the union so that they are represented. All HSU members are encouraged to seek advice before signing or agreeing to any changes. HSU Organisers Anita and Josie will be on site Wednesday 5 April in your staff rooms to discuss any concerns you may have. You can also contact Anita on 0455 995 966 or send her an email at [E-Mail not displayed].

Do you know someone who isn’t an HSU member? Encourage them to join our Union today and have a say at work. We are always stronger when we stand together.

New members can join at www.hsu.asn.au/join or call 1300 478 679.