Negotiations for a new Berry Street Enterprise Agreement have been productive, with matters progressing and many items now being resolved.

A small (but important!) number of items still remain and we will be seeking members’ feedback on these before next negotiation in mid-February.

Member feedback to date has guided the ongoing hard work of ASU delegates Brianna and Helen, who have solidly represented members’ priorities.

Recent Items Discussed 
ASU Delegates and you ASU Organiser recently met with Berry Street management and discussed important items including:

  • Leave arrangements (personal leave/annual leave/long service leave)
  • Parental leave
  • Public holidays
  • Annual review of permanent part-time hours
  • Conversion of casual employees to permanent roles
  • Provisions for allowing an employee to work more than one role in the organisation
  • Providing at least 2 consecutive days off in each fortnight
  • Ensuring that any time taken in lieu (TIL) is taken at the overtime rate
  • Higher duties
  • Sleepover rates
  • Work/life balance

Positive Discussions So Far
Some of the positives coming from discussions include:

  • Long service leave flexibility will be provided for people who wish to reduce their hours and maintain their entitlements (ie. work fewer hours and use long service leave to ‘top-up’ their pay, or reduce hours and preserve long service leave at the greater rate). This is sometimes known as ‘transition to retirement’
  • Personal leave to attend medical appointments (ie. if you need to leave during the day for 2 hours to attend a doctor, 2 hours of sick leave will be deducted)
  • If you work as a casual on a regular and systematic basis for 6 months or more, you can request that your role be converted to a permanent role and the request can’t be unreasonably refused
  • If you work as a permanent part-time employee and have picked up regular hours (over a 12 month period) in addition to your contract, you can request that these hours be added to your contract
  • Residential care staff will no longer be required to work more than 76 hours per fortnight (unless they are paid overtime)
  • Superannuation will be payable on all paid parental leave (including maternity leave)
  • Personal leave will be permitted for pre-adoption and pregnancy-related appointments/classes
  • Increased provision for ASU  delegates to attend training, conferences, Branch Committee of Management, or National Council (unpaid leave)
  • Workload/caseload management and review of workload process
  • Staffing level increase; two staff members on shift in residential care at all times (except for sleepover model)
  • Increased TIL and overtime provisions

Still Up For Negotiation
Matters still being discussed (where no position has thus far been declared) include:

  • Pay increases
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Lactation facilities and provisions
  • Payment amounts for part-time employees on public holidays

We are keen for your feedback
A small number of matters remain to be resolved. To make sure you’re represented effectively, we need your feedback. The ASU is scheduling regular EA meetings across Berry Street.

Want to get the best outcome possible?
By encouraging your workmates to join the ASU we will have a stronger voice for workers at Berry Street.

It is quick and easy for anyone who is not yet a member to join online at www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

To provide feedback or to discuss attending a meeting at your site please contact:
ASU delegates Brianna Stevenson, Helen Micallef or
ASU Organiser Kristy Lee Tyrrell | 0419 506 310 | ktyrrell@asuvictas.com.au

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