E tū members at
Woburn Masonic Village have likened their rosters to zero-hour contracts ahead
of strike action from tomorrow in support of a collective agreement.
The members strike
on Tuesday 3 December for half a day (4.5 hours) from 8.30am-1pm, and again at
the same time on 6 December and 11 December.
follows eight months of talks including last ditch mediation last week which
failed to reach agreement.
E tū organiser,
Robert Ibell says a key claim for members is stable shifts and hours. The
employer, Masonic Care Limited has offered guaranteed hours to some members,
but they would have to be available 24/7 in case of changes from roster to roster,
“which is unacceptable,” says Robert.
Village has written to residents and their families telling them they value our
members, but our members don’t feel that way.
certainty over their shifts and the days and hours they work. Without a decent
roster, how are people supposed to organise their lives?”
Robert says the
employer offered to increase weekend rates by $1 an hour, but only if it could
cut the hours of care positions to pay for it.
surely compromise the quality of care for residents, and we would resist any
bid to reduce our members’ hours,” says Robert.
E tū delegate,
Sela Mulitalo says currently, the “guaranteed hours” at Woburn Masonic are
nearly all between 20 and 64 hours a fortnight, although members can be
rostered on any day at any time.
These hours do
not provide enough income to live on and workers have to look for other
supplementary work. However, because they don’t know their days and hours of
work from one roster to the next, they cannot make commitments to other
“I do believe
we have a zero hours process,” says Sela. “I am one of three caregivers
guaranteed 80 hours a fortnight, but for all the other members, it’s so hard
is the roster comes out and if they see spare shifts they grab them because the
work might not be there next week.
“They end up
working seven days, eight days straight and they burn out and get sick. We need
proper guaranteed shifts and hours,” she says.
As well as secure work and
weekend rates, the members are also seeking extra sick leave and long service
leave in line with that provided by most other aged care employers in the
For further information, contact:
Robert Ibell E tū organiser ph. 027 436
0089. Robert can also put interested media in touch with Sela Mulitalo.
will be picketing during their strike:
Where: Woburn Masonic Village 63 Wai-Iti
Crescent Woburn Lower
Hutt; also, cnr Woburn and Wai-Iti Crescent
When: 8.30am-1pm Tuesday 3 December, 6December
and 11 December.