A roster is a timetable that shows the days and times employees are required to work.
It is important that you know your rights when it comes to rosters and roster changes.
The SDA often receives calls from members who are considering a proposed roster change put forward by their company.
Members often ask us what can be done if they do not agree with a proposed change in their roster.
When an employer wants to change an employee’s regular roster or ordinary hours of work, they should discuss the proposed changes with the employee/s before the change commences.
Employers are required to:
- Provide information about the change (e.g. what the change will be and when)
- Invite employees to share their views about the impact of the change
- Consider the employees’ views about the impact of the change
This doesn’t always happen.
Employees should then follow the company’s grievance procedure and speak with the department manager and shop manager to attempt to resolve the situation.
If, after following the grievance procedure, you are still not happy with your new roster, contact the SDA immediately to resolve the issue before you sign off on the roster.
Once you agree to a roster change it can be difficult to reverse it so if you do not accept the change/s, make your views known early.
Awards, Enterprise Agreements and other registered agreements can set out other rules about changing a roster and notice periods etc.
Most SDA negotiated Enterprise Agreements require the company two give at least one weeks’ notice of a permanent roster change, which is extended to two weeks if the employee disagrees. It’s during this time that the issue should be resolved.
Most Enterprise Agreements contain provisions to ensure your roster is not changed too frequently and that your roster accounts for important issues such as family responsibilities, study, sporting commitments or your ability to get safe transport home.
Each Enterprise Agreement is different, so it’s important to read the provisions carefully.
Points to remember:
- Consult the SDA to make sure you know your rights
- Make your views known early and don’t agree to something if you want to dispute it later
- Ask your SDA delegate to work with you and your employer to resolve any grievance
Remember the SDA is on hand to provide you with advice on roster changes, suggest alternatives or assist you in putting forward your concerns to management.
For more information or assistance with rosters speak to your store Union Delegate or contact the Newcastle SDA office on 4961 4694.