While not everyone at CBA currently gets RDOs, almost everyone at CBA benefits from this entitlement.
If CBA succeeds in removing RDOs from the EA, it will affect your salary in CBA’s favour. You may not actually take the RDO, but the value of it has been monetised into your contract. Each year, that contract must remain better than the minimum entitlements of the Enterprise Agreement. If it falls short, CBA must top up your pay. This is what caused much of the $54 million in underpayments discovered in 2019.
By removing the RDO, CBA will effectively reduce the value of your salary by 5%.
CBA has spent a decade trying to avoid this entitlement and others in the EA by way of their IA contracts, and now – after those IAs caused millions in underpayments – they want RDOs out altogether.
No CBA employee should agree to this. In order to prevent future underpayments, CBA should stop underpaying people and deal with their IA mess, not move the goal posts by removing your RDOs.
Under the bank’s proposal, those who do work an RDO roster would technically be allowed to keep this arrangement, but no new people would get it.
This – if you trust CBA – would create a two-tiered system where some people have access to RDOs, while new starters don’t. This is not acceptable. RDOs are a great entitlement that should remain, even if you don’t currently get the day off!
Union members have told CBA time and time again that RDOs mean something to them and they are not prepared to just give them away to help CBA’s IAs compare more favourably and reduce their underpayment bills.
We don’t think this is the right approach, whether you currently get RDOs or whether they’re monetised in your contract.
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