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It’s important that you know what your rights are 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 employer.

If you don’t agree with or are unhappy with a new roster, always call the SDA early to discuss the issue before you sign off on it.

Once you agree to a roster change it is hard to reverse so make your views known early and if you do not accept the change make sure you say so.

The SDA can assist you if your employer has proposed a roster you don’t agree with and can inform you of what your rights are and what the best course of action is.

The SDA will insist that no changes come into effect until there is an outcome.

All workers have the right to apply for Flexible Working Arrangements because of family/caring responsibilities, domestic violence, health conditions, disability or your age.

  • You must be consulted before your roster is changed and your employer must take into account your views.
  • You should be given one week’s notice of any permanent roster changes, and 14 days if you disagree.
  • Your roster should not be changed frequently
  • Your roster should take into account personal issues e.g. family responsibilities, study and sport commitments, religious commitments |or your ability to get safe transport home.
  • Your roster cannot be changed to avoid penalties.
  • Your hours cannot be cut without your agreement.
  • Consult the SDA to make sure you know your rostering rights.
  • Make your views known early and don’t agree to something if you want to dispute it later.
  • Ask your SDA Union Organiser or Case Manager to work with you and your employer to resolve any grievances.

The SDA is on hand to provide you with advice on roster changes, suggest alternative or assist you in putting your concerns forward to management.

You can find the contact details of your local SDA branch here.

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