ECH members win new Agreement

ECH members win new Agreement

United Voice members at ECH voted up their new Enterprise Agreement on Monday, 8 August, when over 97% of members who voted returned a YES vote. 

United Voice members at ECH voted up their new Enterprise Agreement on Monday, 8 August, when over 97% of members who voted returned a YES vote. 

The new Enterprise Agreement includes:

  • A total of 6% pay rise over the course of a one year Agreement
  • Pay parity between gardening and maintenance staff
  • Paid travel time when attending training over long distances
  • Higher Medication Allowance
  • Improvements to rostering around client cancellations

 

Bargaining representative Deb Bruno works in home care.

 “As home support workers, we are often an unseen part of the aged care sector.

“That’s why it’s so important for us to be represented properly.

“I became a bargaining representative because someone needed to represent our area, and I learned a lot throughout the negotiations.

“Our Union Organisers provided support and knowledge to help us during the process.

“Overall we worked hard to achieve a positive outcome.”

 

Andrew Ferguson is a bargaining representative and works as a Gardener at ECH.

“I’ve worked at ECH for almost 21 years, and this is the second round of bargaining that I have been involved in.

“The union’s support allowed the bargaining representatives to speak freely about issues that impacted us in our work.

“Areas like gardening and maintenance can sometimes be overlooked because we’re a small percentage of workers, but the union made sure we had the chance to have our say.

“The different pay rates between Gardening and Maintenance had been an issue for a long time, so we worked hard to show that wage parity was justified. Everyone is pleased that it’s now been resolved.

“The bargaining process gave everyone more appreciation for the different responsibilities we each have. We’re all there to support residents in different ways.

“It was about members from different areas supporting each other so that everyone got a fair go.

“In the end we got a great result by sticking together through our union.”

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