During a recent union visit members reported excessive workloads – including double shifts, being recalled from leave, regularly working understaffed shifts, and broken equipment.
An employer can ask staff for additional hours if it the request is reasonable, but workers can say no to unreasonable additional hours. It is unacceptable for staff to feel they are working to the point of exhaustion.
Members are asked to now complete the HSU Excessive Workload Diary to help gather information about unreasonable workloads. This can then be used to make positive changes.
Members to are encouraged to record all incidences of broken or damaged equipment on the BEIN system. Employers have a responsibility to ensure their staff have the equipment needed to do the work they are employed to do!
But the best protection members have against poor conditions, excessive workloads, and feelings of powerlessness is an organised workplace. And an essential element of an organised workplace is to have members who will volunteer to be workplace representatives and to lead the way for others.
Workplace leaders will have access to training and support from HSU. If you would like to be part of this leadership group for McKay Nursing Home, please contact your organiser Karen Wiles on 0408 164 519 or email@example.com.
Finally, thank you for the incredible work you and your colleagues have been doing over the last 12 months in keeping the residents of McKay Nursing Home safe. You deserve a pay rise and this year together HSU members are fighting for your work to be properly valued. For more information go to our We’re Worth It campaign page.