SA Child Care Centre leads the way in Family Violence Leave

SA Child Care Centre leads the way in Family Violence Leave

“It’s important to make it clear in the workplace that it’s OK to speak up, and show that support is available if necessary.”

In July, United Voice members at the Victor Harbor Community Child Care Centre voted up their new Enterprise Agreement.

When bargaining began, United Voice members were clear that they wanted to include provisions for family violence leave in this Agreement – something they hadn’t done before, and that was important to the community.

Peter Roether is the chairperson of the Management Committee.

“The management committee is mostly made up of the parents and families of children currently enrolled in the centre.

“There wasn’t a lot of awareness of the issue before this bargaining process started.

“It’s important to make it clear in the workplace that it’s OK to speak up, and show that support is available if necessary.”

By working together, members and the employer engaged in real discussion around this issue. The outcome of those discussions was a Family Violence clause which was unprecedented in the industry in its scope.

Ella Jacka is the Director of the Centre.

“Negotiating this Agreement was a really positive experience.

“Throughout bargaining, we focused on how we could address the needs of staff, the needs of the community and the needs of the children.”

This new Agreement includes:

  • 5% wage increase per year for three years
  • Centre closure day for professional development
  • Subsidised Childcare fees for all employees
  • Family Violence Clause which offers 2 days minimum paid leave plus further leave should it be required
  • 2 days free emergency care per child in circumstances of family violence

 

Treasurer James Tauchnitz said,

“Throughout the process the level of support from the union office has been great.

“As a Community Child Care Centre, we are a part of people’s lives every week or even every day.

“It’s up to us to set an example.

“Hopefully when workers see this clause, it will create a conversation and shine more light on this issue in our community.”

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