Silver Chain Members Vote 'Yes' to Enterprise Bargaining Agreement

Friday 22 Oct 2021

Bargaining with Silver Chain has concluded with Members voting to sign on to their new, Union agreement. Advocacy of HSUWA Members meant that an Agreement was reached which was significantly better than Silver Chain's original proposal, including a pay increase, backdated to 1 July 2020.

Key wins secured by Members include:

  • Pay increase of 2.5% backdated to 1 July 2020.

  • Increment increases of 5 increments for AHP Level 1 and 2.

  • 5 incremental increases relate to approximately 10% over a period of 5 years.

  • SC have stepped out a clearer pathway to move through the levels.
  • The HSUWA had to bargain strongly for the change to Professional Development Leave – The employer has now agreed to “up to 20 hours of PD leave to become available for Allied Health Professionals”.

  • Change to the Personal Leave clause to allow for 5 days of absence in any anniversary year where leave is taken as single days or two consecutive days. Previously this was 2 days.

  • 11 day Fortnight. HSUWA members fought off detrimental changes that would have allowed Silver Chain to force employees to work 11 days.  The wording of the clause still isn’t good enough, which is why the HSUWA could not endorse the agreement, however, we will continue to advocate for the employee to have a choice regarding their days of work.

  • Reinstatement of six weeks of annual leave for shift workers. Silver Chain attempted to remove the six weeks of annual leave for shift workers provided for in the current Agreement. The HSUWA and Members advocated strongly for this to remain in the Agreement.

HSUWA Assistant Secretary Adrian Barrett said, “These members should be commended for their strength and patience as these sometimes, arduous bargaining processes can take their toll. They should feel very proud of what they have achieved and all HSUWA members can be proud that their membership of the Union has supported these members to secure better pay and conditions.”

Members can look forward to receiving an eligible back pay in the coming months.

For more information on HSUWA’s Private Sector Bargaining click here.

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