Sleepover settlement proposed
The PSA and the Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) have been in negotiations with the Government and providers to settle the sleepover dispute. Over the next couple of weeks the PSA will be working with disability and mental health providers to implement the heads of Agreement for PSA members.
The key elements of the proposed settlement are:
- The employer will pay 50% of the current minimum hourly wage rate for sleepovers backdated to 1 July 2011 and then 75% from 1 July 2012 then 100% no later than Christmas 2012.
- 50% of the back pay owed (plus an annual leave adjustment) to be paid to those who have filed and have worked sleepovers between 1 July 2005 and 30 June 2011.
- Those members who have filed claims for the period 1 July 2004 and 30 June 2005 and who ceased employment during that period will be paid back pay for that period on same basis as the point above.
- The Government will fund increases to the minimum wage but it will only fund 100 % of this cost from 1 July 2013. Employers will pick up the cost between Christmas 2012 and 1 July 2013.
The proposed settlement is a vast improvement on the previous offer to phase in the minimum wage over a four-year period and provide only 25% of back pay to current staff only, capped at $45 million.
The next step is to get disability and mental health providers to sign up to the settlement and PSA members involved in the legal action who are employees or authorised ex-employees of those organisations to vote on it.
Look out for notices of meetings in your workplace or region.