25 October 2019
The ANMF (SA Branch) is currently supporting members at the RDNS after the in-home care provider announced it would be cutting its workforce by 25 FTE nursing staff.
The RDNS attributed the cuts to its loss of a major supply contract, saying it needed to better align its nursing hours with work activity. The employer advised its intention to reduce the FTE by reducing the work hours of individuals as opposed to offering redundancies.
The ANMF (SA Branch) has been consulting extensively with RDNS members and Worksite Representatives and offered alternative solutions to enable the employer to further minimise the impact of the changes.
As the RDNS proceeded with its own proposed reduction plan, the ANMF (SA Branch) acted to ensure the employer consulted appropriately with all staff—which even included lodging a dispute with the Fair Work Commission—to ensure informed decisions could be made. After further consultation, the RDNS ultimately determined to proceed with their proposal.
The ANMF (SA Branch) is now helping affected staff consider their options based on the available shifts on offer, with redundancy remaining a risk for staff unable to adjust their current work contracts due to financial or family commitments.