In a huge win casual workers in home care and disability support will see an increase in their pay when they work overtime, on weekends or on public holidays.
Under the Four-Yearly Review of Modern Awards, the Fair Work Commission ruled that casual workers under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award will be paid their 25% casual loading in addition to overtime and penalty rates for working on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays.
United Voice, the care workers union, fought to ensure that casual employees who work overtime are paid the casual loading in addition to overtime rates. Currently, casual employees under this award do not receive the casual loading when working overtime, or when working weekends or public holidays.
For a casual Home Care worker Level 2 the increase in wages when working overtime will be around $5.60 per hour. For a casual Disability support worker Level 2 the increase in wages when doing overtime will be around $6.90 per hour.
Jo-anne Schofield, National Secretary of United Voice says, “This is a win for our hard-working members in home care and disability care. As this change is phased in casual employees under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award will be properly remunerated for working overtime, weekends and public holidays. There has been no legitimate reason why our members who work casual shifts should lose out on the casual loading when they work overtime, on weekends or on public holidays, and we welcome the Fair Work Commission recognising this.
“Ensuring that casual employees are paid for the true cost of their labour when performing overtime, weekend and public holiday work should act as some disincentive for employers relying on casual labour, and may encourage employers to offer permanent jobs that workers can count on.
“Workers in home care and disability care carry out such vital, important work for our community, with 24/7 rosters. With casualisation and insecure work on the rise in Australia, too often casual workers have a lack of say at work over wages and conditions. This is a tremendous win for casual workers.”
The pay rise is due to be phased in, likely across a period from 1 December 2019 to 1 July 2020.
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