The Berry Street enterprise agreement ballot has concluded, and the agreement was successfully voted in. 96.53% of votes were in favour of the new agreement. A very solid outcome!

It has been a long journey to achieving a new agreement that delivers improvements to members’ working lives.

Member’s determination in seeking a better deal has seen improvements in:

  • Wage increases
  • Increased trade union leave for delegates
  • Increased paid parental leave for both primary and secondary carer
  • Reasonable workload clause
  • First Aid allowance for Residential Services workers who are first aid trained
  • Casual employees’ conversion to permanent
  • 20 days of paid Family Violence Leave with no evidentiary requirements
  • Lactation facilities and paid time for breastfeeding/expressing
  • Payment for hours worked and time off in lieu of overnight hours for employees
  • Expansion of the flexible work arrangements clause
  • Part-time employees right to request to amend their contract reflecting the regular hours they have worked over the past 12 months
  • Minimum 10-hour break between shifts (with special conditions around sleepover shifts)
  • Higher duties to be paid to employees covering an employee who is absent for five or more days regardless of how many days the higher duties are performed
  • Increase in pay for overnight excursions/contingencies/camps and sleepover allowance
  • Time off instead of overtime (TOIL) by agreement
  • Paying night shift of 15% shift allowances on the PM and AM shifts linked to a sleepover Monday-Friday
  • Personal leave access for medical appointments
  • Penalties to be paid on five days of personal leave each year for employees who work in 24/7 Programs e.g. Residential Services
  • Ability to take long service leave more flexibly
  • Increased sleepover allowance to $70
  • Saturday and Sunday penalties of 150% and 200%

The Agreement will now be sent to the Fair Work Commission for approval. Once this has occurred the agreement will be certified and become enforceable. Until then your current agreement stands.

Thank you for all those who participated, especially your ASU delegates Helen and Brianna who played a vital role in securing these improvements.

Securing these improvements didn’t come easy, ASU members fought hard and won. Pass this on to a non-member and ask them to join today via https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Kristy Lee Tyrrell | 0419 506 310 | ktyrrell@asuvictas.com.au

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