What does it mean to you?
On Tuesday 2nd March HBF advised employees of the changes they propose to make to your current conditions of employment in the next Enterprise Agreement. In our February Bargaining Update we outlined HBF’s initial claim. Since that time further negotiations have resulted in some improvements by HBF to their offer. While the improvements go someway to meeting your expectations there is still a long way to go.
What issues remain?
Span of Hours
HBF wish to change the Span of Hours to allow employees to be rostered to work 5 days in any 7. Those hours can be any time between 6am and 9pm Monday to Saturday and 9am and 5pm Sundays. HBF say all current and future employees will be required to be available to be rostered within the new span of hours (ie 5 days in any 7 which includes Saturdays and Sundays). Is this good enough?
HBF propose to reduce contributions to 9.5% in line with the SGL for all employees. Current employees will have 3% added to their base pay and can choose to have it remain as salary or salary sacrifice to their Superannuation fund. To be clear, new employees will only receive 9.5% super. Is this good enough?
Long Service Leave
New employees will be eligible to LSL in accordance with the WA LSL Act, of 8.67 weeks after 10 years, compared to the current arrangement of 13 weeks after 10 years, a reduction of more than 4 weeks. Is this good enough?
Existing employees will keep their current arrangement of entitlement which is capped at 80 weeks. However new employees will have a significantly reduced entitlement and method of how they reach the maximum, which is capped at 50. Is this good enough?
HBF have listened to FSU’s claim and will pay an across the board increase to all employees covered by the agreement. The offer is 1.25% for year 1, years 2 and 3 will be 1.5% each year. Is this good enough?
There are other changes that are improvements to conditions such as an increase to the Primary Parental Leave to 14 weeks and an increase for the Secondary Parental Leave to 3 weeks. HBF has also agreed to the FSU claim for superannuation to be paid on the unpaid parental leave to a cap of $5000.
Negotiations are continuing and we need your feedback on what is being offered. Please contact FSU Organiser Gillian Allpress on Gillian.email@example.com or the WA office on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Authorised By: Dianne Marshall, Local Executive Secretary WA