ANMF individual workers submissions

Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: true

ProDev: true

Induction: false

  

Solution

Family day care in home enabled me to work part time. The money was lousy $4/hr per child for the carer and the paperwork was like a childcare centre, no wonder no one does it. I lived in a regional area with high unemployment so many women were in a situation of trying to make ends meet.

Story

I was a directly employed casual more than a year ago.

You can be so easily replaced it's never said but you know if you are relying on that work, you do not rock the boat; if you want more shifts … the pts and work environment could be risky … PSA staff do not clean body fluids; it's a nursing job … if I did not have a friend to do a lot of care for me I would not have been able to work.

Thank goodness my child is in teen years now because I could not get care these days … family day care in home enabled me to work part time. The money was lousy $4/hr per child for the carer and the paperwork was like a childcare centre, no wonder no one does it. I lived in a regional area with high unemployment so many women were in a situation of trying to make ends meet.

Donna Kelly, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Aged care
Employed through a labour hire agency @ Healesville aged care

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: false

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Fix residential patient ratios so that public and private facilities do not compromise nurses jobs and stress levels and patient outcomes if it comes to acute illness within the agency sector.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago.

As it is agency you don't get paid for development however they do provide this online. Safety was an issue with nurse to patient ratios being higher than the norm. I was told I was going to high care with 18 residents. I was swapped the moment I walked in to low care with 45 residents. This was my first ever experience as an EEN.

Now looking back they compromised me and the patients in my care and I will not return to that facility ever again. No set roster the joy of this is that you put in your availabilities. This happened at a Healesville aged care facility. This happened in the aged care industry. Fixed residential patient ratios should be set so that public and private facilities do not compromise nurses jobs, stress levels and patient outcomes if it comes to acute illness within the agency sector. I didn't let the agency know at the time which is something I should have done regardless. If I ever do agency work again I will be more aware of my rights as a nurse as I think this is unacceptable of any facility. Not only this but I'm sure they wanted me to do insulin on my own and I told them I hadn't done one before so I didn't lose my registration. I wasn't lying about not having given insulin before however I also knew this is to be done x2 to check 5 rights. I feel for those residents as they are not receiving the care they so rightly deserve. I know of people who have moved their loved ones there and little did they know that they moved their relative out of a good facility to one where there is actually less 1:1 time with nursing staff.:(


Anonymous, Varied (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Healthcare
Employed through a labour hire agency by Nursing Australia @ Monash health, St Vincent's private and other varied hospitals and nursing homes

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency less than a year ago. Occasionally paid at a lower grade than worked. Never paid any professional development. Rarely offered PD by employer Worried whether I would get enough work supplied. Not a very reliable means of income. This happened at Monash health, St Vincent's private and other varied hospitals and nursing homes, varied when I was employed by Nursing Australia. This happened in the Healthcare industry.


Kim Palmer, Morning Peninsula Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Aged Care
Informally employed by Caringforyou Nursing Agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: true

Induction: true

  

Story

I was informally employed more than a year ago. Casual for nursing agency, Mornington Peninsula Melbourne when I was employed by Caring for you Nursing Agency. This happened in the Aged Care industry.


Catherine, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health
Employed through a labour hire agency by nursing agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

I would make sick leave entitlement compulsory otherwise offer free medical services. I would make it illegal to reduce the hours of work once booked. Offer all education related to work for free.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Professional development is always undertaken on my own time and sometimes at my own cost … there is always little time to do a proper induction as there is the expectation to get down to work as soon as hand over is finished. When booked to work a full shift and the shift is reduced to only few hours because the ward is not busy anymore I feel used and the hard work I have put in before that is not acknowledged. My income is consequently reduced and with the cost of parking and petrol it can be a frustrating and wasteful experience. As there is no sick leave or annual leave in casual work I sometimes worry about the lack of income in case of sickness, Melbourne when I was employed by nursing agency. This happened in the health industry. I would make sick leave entitlement compulsory otherwise offer free medical services. I would make it illegal to reduce the hours of work once booked. Offer all education related to work for free.


Valentina, Ballarat. (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health
Informally employed

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: true

Induction: false

  

Solution

Remove shift cancellation and if cancelled must be paid, fortnightly casual allowance if no shifts were offered.

Story

I was informally employed in my current job. Arriving to work expected to use new tools without any pre training. Shifts been cancelled without long enough notice to give a chance to work elsewhere. This happened in the Health industry in Ballarat. Remove shift cancellation and if cancelled must be paid, fortnightly casual allowance if no shifts were offered.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: true

Induction: true

  

Story

 I was a directly employed casual in my current job.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. As a casual you don't get any paid professional development time or clinical update time. This has to be done at home on your own precious time...for free. I have to work casually due to children. I get no holiday or sick leave or long service leave due to this. Often at certain times of the year there is not enough work


Melanie Likos, Epping (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

I didn't experience any real problems personally. I am with YNA and they have been great and I have been able to be very specific about when and where I want to work.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. CPD is done in your own time. Not paid for. Some hospitals are better than others. Footscray was the worst for orientating and welcoming agency staff (now closed down I believe). The Northern Hospital is vigilant regarding regular (3 monthly) OHS/orientation of Agency staff. Child care does not affect me. I didn't experience any real problems personally. I am with YNA and they have been great and I have been able to be very specific about when and where I want to work.


Kristy Gong, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Healthcare
Employed through a labour hire agency @ Belmore

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Keep encouraging organizations to be good to agency nurse instead of bullying.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Do not have study leave cause casual. While I feel some place is not safe and refused go again, I have been told I cannot refuse because I am new, on a very rude manner. Some place, staff is very rude to agency staff, give all the heavy pt to us while own staff was quite relax. If I want to plan sth, just cannot work, no income. I cannot borrow money from bank for mortgage. This happened at Belmore nurse agency. This happened in the Healthcare industry. Keep encouraging organizations to be good to agency nurse instead of bullying.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health care

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Not sure

Story

 I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. This happened in the Health care industry. Not sure


Anonymous, Mount Waverley (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Nursing
A directly employed casual by Ramsay Healthcare @ Waverley Private Hospital

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: true

Induction: true

  

Solution

Give long term casual employees more rights to things like maternity leave, public holiday allowance or even to guarantee security of minimum hours if regular hours have been worked.

Story

 I was a directly employed casual in my current job. I never know when I will be working until often the day before. I have tried to become a permanent employee on 3 different occasions with regular shifts (part time or full time) and something has always come up or changed before I can. I never know in advance if there will be a lot of work available and therefore I can meet my commitments, or if there will be no work available (particularly in the Christmas / New Year period) and therefore have to go without some weeks. This happened at Waverley Private Hospital, Mount Waverley when I was employed by Ramsay Healthcare. This happened in the Nursing industry. Give long term casual employees more rights to things like maternity leave, public holiday allowance or even to guarantee security of minimum hours if regular hours have been worked.


Anonymous, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Midwifery
Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Restore the publicly funded lying in period for new mums thus creating work; simultaneously ensure adequate staffing.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Gradually out of touch with latest developments; unsafe stress levels due to understaffing; others suffered this; possibly ostracised because I discussed this openly; steady decline in income as services reduced; this happened in the midwifery industry. Restore the publicly funded lying in period for new mums thus creating work; simultaneously ensure adequate staffing.


Miranda Legge, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Surf
Informally employed @ Bellbird private Healthscope

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Ensure longer term employees are not penalised for staying in the one job. Many staff are being heavied for asking for long serve or being pushed out before they are due. Staying in the same job is not rewards disputed all those performance appraisal we go through every year. If you have grey hair or look older you are penalised and if you're over 50 and not in management you are not seen as an assist but a burden.

Story

I was informally employed in my current job. I am not encouraged to ask for study leave and not given the choice of study type. I often have to get my pay corrected because my manager does recognise in charge shift so I have to ask. Staff shortage means working alone without help mobilising patient on their beds. Leave is often not approved until you ask specially and beg. This happened at Bellbird private Healthscope, Melbourne.

Ensure longer term employees are not penalised for staying in the one job. Many staff are being heavied for asking for long serve or being pushed out before they are due. Staying in the same job is not rewards disputed all those performance appraisal we go through every year. If you have grey hair or look older you are penalised and if you're over 50 and not in management you are not seen as an assist but a burden.


Anonymous, ( received via ANMF ) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Give experienced RN's more chance to get PPT work instead of giving it all to grads.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Booked for AM shifts at 2130 then cancelled at 0530. Booked then cancelled and it goes on… No pay due to cancellations …Have had to apply for hardship with mortgage and bills, as my partner is on Centrelink benefits …Give experienced RN's more chance to get PPT work instead of giving it all to grads.


Natalie, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Nursing
A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Not sure. Being casual gives the flexibility both ways from employer view and employee view. There are good and bad in being casual.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. Undertaking mandatory employment competencies without being paid for it. No inductions on new wards. Child care is hard due to shift work hours. Payment of items met due to husbands work. Agency staff used instead of bank staff and not told of available shifts. This happened in the Nursing industry. Not sure. Being casual gives the flexibility both ways from employer view and employee view. There are good and bad in being casual


Andrea, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Maternity
Employed through a labour hire agency by Monash Health bureau and Belmores nursing agency @ Monash health

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

A solution maybe to somehow provide more stable hours if that's at all possible in casual … without going on contract and losing penalties and annual leave and sick leave somehow built into our pay.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Working back is difficult, often I stay back to complete work and not get paid for it. To do so requires approval and acceptance from agency and management before allowing me to stay back and that's hard to get. Time management it's brought up in such times and I don't believe it is.

Casuals are used because they are needed due to staff shortages and heavy workloads. Some shifts are mayhem due to the volume of patients and paperwork required to complete and I actually care about the quality of care I provide. There's never time to do a proper induction. It's often skimmed over or left for me to discover.

Some staff are not very supportive of casual staff and I have been intimidated and bullied by permanent staff. This happened at Monash health when I was employed by Monash Health bureau and Belmores nursing agency. This happened in the Maternity industry. A solution maybe to somehow provide more stable hours if that's at all possible in casual without going on contract and losing penalties and annual leave and sick leave somehow built into our pay.


Anonymous, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Nursing
Employed through a labour hire agency by YNA

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: true

Induction: false

  

Solution

Casual work in nursing is not a problem, I've always had plenty of work.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Didn't always get proper induction … I didn't have personal problems! This happened in Melbourne when I was employed by YNA. This happened in the nursing industry. Casual work in nursing is not a problem, I've always had plenty of work.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Free education to all nurses, including casual. Allow variation in shift hours to work around children and families. Not be forced to work night shift as a permanent employee

Story

 I was a directly employed casual in my current job. Free education to all nurses, including casual. Allow variation in shift hours to work around children and families. Not be forced to work night shift as a permanent employee.


Anonymous, Geelong (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Nursing
A directly employed casual by several places in the Geelong area

I have several jobs so that I can always do what I want to do and there is always work available

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Make everyone casual. This would stop employers being able to force rosters on people making them work shifts that they do not want to work, stopping them from taking holidays and making them feel guilty for taking sick leave. I work when I want, where I want if I want as a casual and it is great. I am never forced to do shifts when I want to be doing something else - I have a life.

Story

I am currently and have for the past 7 years been employed permanent part time, casual and by agencies - all at the same time. It is not a problem I have several jobs so that I can always do what I want to do and there is always work available. All my jobs are within an hour of home which is fantastic.

I work in Geelong the Surf Coast Shire and Colac areas in the Nursing industry. I want the Minister to stop employers being able to enforce rosters on staff making them work shifts that they do not want to work, stopping them from taking holidays and making them feel guilty for taking sick leave. With one employer when I signed a contract for two days a week I had NO CHOICE as to when I was going to work and NO NOTICE either so I had NO chance to have a life. They also interpreted two days a week as four days a fortnight and gave me four days in a row when I was studying two days a week so I ended up with 6 days in a row which was not tenable. I signed up for part time not six days a week.

With the current flexibility I work when I want, where I want, if I want. I am never forced to do shifts when I want to be doing something else - I have a life.


Pam Keane-Silva, (received via ANMF) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: false

Worksafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Increase pay rates, reduce the number of residents per medication round to a more safe and manageable number, ensure superannuation paid for each shift worked. Make it illegal for employers to ask about work cover history. If unsuccessful make it mandatory for feedback.

Story

 I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Do not get paid to undertake mandatory training. One shift I had to drive an hour and a half round trip to sign drug chart for a missed signature with no pay. Also had 45 residents for medication round in a six and a half hour shift. Felt I was at an increased risk of making an error. Felt that I was in a very dangerous situation, and that residents were at risk of a medication error due to insufficient time/resident ratio.

I do have to ask at most facilities some questions related to occupational health and safety. Increased stress around financial ability to pay rent, utilities and everyday living expenses. Not to mention superannuation that is only paid into account if certain amount of shifts worked within 1 month. I have had trouble securing a permanent position.

Have applied for over 60 plus endorsed enrolled nurse positions this year and have secured 3 interviews. I secured a position in a nursing home and worked 12 shifts over a 6 week period in 2 different sections only to be fired via a letter in the mail with no explanation given, however I was well aware that I had time management problems with so many residents to administer medication to in a limited time. Another position, I mentioned I had a work cover history and while I was assured it would not make a difference I did not get the job. I am also 61 and I do wonder if my age is a factor. The 3rd interview I was kept waiting for over 45 minutes with the manager popping her head out every so often to say she would just be a few more minutes. I felt a lack of respect for a prospective future staff member and I withdrew my application after an hour long interview that I felt reasonably confident throughout but I did with hold my work cover history. Increase pay rates, reduce the number of residents per medication round to a more safe and manageable number, ensure superannuation paid for each shift worked. Make it illegal for employers to ask about work cover history. If unsuccessful make it mandatory for feedback.


Anonymous, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Healthcare
Employed through a labour hire agency by Belmore nurses bureau

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Any professional development or study needs to be completed in my own time and paid for out of my own pay. I do not get any education allowance. Sometimes not given a proper orientation, leading to unsafe practices for myself and the patient. Can never utilise childcare as never know until 2 hours before shift if I will be working. If I do get booked in advance, shift will most likely be cancelled closer to time. Never know if I will get enough or any shifts to cover my bills. This happened in Melbourne when I was employed by Belmore nurses bureau. This happened in the Healthcare industry.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Ensure hospitals do not cancel shifts already allocated.

Story

I am directly employed casual in my current job. Affecting my relationship with my family due to multiple cancelation of shifts the last minute. Lack of adequate finances to meet all of my needs as a result of shifts being cancelled with very short notice. Ensure hospitals do not cancel shifts already allocated.


Anonymous, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Nursing - Theatre
Employed through a labour hire agency by Star Nurses & Kemp

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

One or 2 suggestions might be to make it compulsory for each establishment employing agency staff to keep them for 5 hrs or more, free parking, meals, regular updates on paid time and more tax deductible items. Uncomplicated Interest free loans to help pay bills, rent, food, veterinary expenses, mortgage repayments, childcare costs, car vehicle repayments, personal loan repayments or whatever might be needed to take the pressure off the family to allow the professional to focus on their jobs, which will reduce risks in the workplace and reduce burn out and the degree of mental health issues in nursing plus other problems like alcohol and other drug abuse. It could even reduce family violence figures and family breakdowns.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency less than 3 months ago. One Agency offered basics i.e. Manual Handling & Basic Life Support, but the other told me that I will have to do it and pay for it myself. Told many times to not complain or I will not be asked back and not to talk to anyone if I can help it. "Don't want to make or give a bad impression now do we?"

At the ready 24 hrs a day sometimes 7 days a week just hoping for a shift. Childcare is so expensive, but without it you can't go to work. Some weeks, my hours just covered the rent and kindy fees. If you don't work you don't get paid. No holidays just days that there weren't any shifts available or you were sent home after 4 Hrs. Some weeks my wife and I lived on packet soup and toast so our daughter could eat properly. The fridge is often almost empty. Our daughter (5 yrs. old) thinks that homemade hamburgers are a luxury meal because everyone else eats them at "yucky Mackers ".

Things got so bad at one point that I had to go to the Salvo's for food parcels, which caused an argument so loud that the police were called. It was sorted on the spot, but very embarrassing to know that our neighbours knew about our financial problems. This happened when I was employed by 2 different Nursing Agencies. This happened in the Nursing - Theatre industry.

One or 2 suggestions might be to make it compulsory for each establishment employing agency staff to keep them for 5 hrs or more, free parking, meals, regular updates on paid time and more Tax deductible items. Uncomplicated, long term, Interest free loans to help pay bills, rent, food, veterinary expenses, mortgage repayments, childcare costs, car vehicle repayments, personal loan repayments or whatever might be needed to take the pressure off the family to allow the professional to focus on their job, which will reduce risks in the workplace, reduce burn out and the degree of mental health issues in nursing plus other problems like alcohol and other drug abuse. It could even reduce family violence figures and family breakdowns.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. There was no paid time to undertake professional development or clinical updates in the agencies that I've worked. Some agencies like Workforce, Colbrow or Belmore even employ overseas nurses who have no adequate working rights or who are violating their visa restrictions. Working as an agency nurse for medical-surgical wards, being oriented to the ward set-up, practices and emergency procedures was inconsistent across different areas because either the ward is too busy, or because of time constraints because agency nurses are allotted less working hours.


Lan LI, Epping VIC (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Nursing
Employed through a labour hire agency by Belmore @ Belmore Nurses Bureau

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Make the legal act to protect the workers.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. It is not stated in the contract. Short notice and lack of career development in the long run. This happened at Belmore Nurses Bureau, Epping VIC when I was employed by Belmore. This happened in the Nursing industry. Make the legal act to protect the workers.


Anonymous, Lyndhurst (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: true

Induction: true

  

Solution

Casual nurses should get some sort of sick leaves, or annual leaves or they should be able to get some incentives if unfortunately they lose their job due to sickness or any injury. Casual/ agency or bank nurses should also get full time shift like a full 8 hour shift instead of 6 hours.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. As working with agency, most of the times shift get cancelled and sometime you don't get a shift, which affects finances and definitely waste of time, because you kept waiting for the shift to come and your whole day is a waste. You can't work somewhere else if you gave availability to one work place and not available at another. Financial stress Insecurity of job as working casual, if I get sick or injured I won't be able to get any income. Agency or bank nurses never get a full time shift as a regular staff... for e.g. they always get a 6 hour shift. But regular staff gets 8 hour shift. This puts too much stress on nurses to finish their work on time. Casual nurses should get some sort of sick leaves, or annual leaves or they should be able to get some incentives if unfortunately they lose their job due to sickness or any injury. Casual/ agency or bank nurses should also get full time shift like a full 8 hour shift instead of 6 hours.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: true

Induction: true

  

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. I have get the casual shift just 2 hours or 1 hour before each shifts. The casual job is not stable.


Paul Hu, Bentleigh East (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Nursing
Employed through a labour hire agency by Belmore nurses bureau

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: true

Induction: true

  

Solution

Jobs give Australian citizens first.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. Not have stable income, no enough jobs. This happened at Belmore nurses bureau, Bentleigh east. This happened in the nursing industry. Jobs give Australian citizens first.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Sometimes I am surprised that as an agency nurse I even have a job. It seems dangerous having a nurse work a shift where she has never worked, and hasn't received an orientation, doesn't know any other staff members, and doesn't know any procedures or protocols. Often patients express concern to me once I tell them I'm an agency nurse. I feel confident enough in my skills to reassure them, but many wouldn't. I don't know how I'd fix this though as agency nurses are essential.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. I felt that if I declined a shift i.e. because I didn't want to travel so far to a hospital then I wouldn't get offered other work. All compulsory CPD etc. had to be done on my own time, with no pay. Coming onto a shift, the other nurses/ nurse in charge/ NUM are always busy and often never get the time to show you around the ward, let alone tell you about protocols, procedures, safety etc.

I don't have kids myself, but other agency nurses I've talked to have found arranging childcare very difficult. I found not having a roster extremely stressful. I could never arrange to see my friends etc. and struggled to make time to spend with my partner. I always feel tired, because I never have a "planned day off". The days off that I do get are because I didn't end up getting a shift, and I wouldn't know that until after 3pm. I feel I can never relax. One week you may have a really good pay come in, then the next week struggle to get any work. If you don't set money aside, you may struggle to pay bills/ rent/ mortgage. Fortunately my fiancé is an accountant and so he helps me with arranging a budget. Sometimes I am surprised that as an agency nurse I even have a job. It seems dangerous having a nurse work a shift where she has never worked, and hasn't received an orientation, doesn't know any other staff members, and doesn't know any procedures or protocols. Often patients express concern to me once I tell them I'm an agency nurse. I feel confident enough in my skills to reassure them, but many wouldn't. I don't know how I'd fix this though as agency nurses are essential.


Anonymous, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health services 
Employed through a labour hire agency by medical staff @ Eastern Health

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: true

Induction: false

  

Solution

I would put in a safety net to which an amount is paid each week that when people don't get the shifts required to make payments they could perhaps apply to draw from funds to cover what they needed until they are secure again.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Some ward staff are too busy; you're expected to land on your feet as an agency staff member; if you don't work you don't get paid; so you save for time you need off unexpected time off and cause problems financially when you are booked for shift; you budget your income knowing what you should be bringing in in the last 3 weeks; thing have gotten so quiet that my once 5 shifts a week has now fallen to 1.

As a result I haven't been making my agreed payments … causing me to occur addition charges … as the primary income earning it causes me great stress and as my partner works casual I am not entitled to benefits. This happened at Eastern Health, Melbourne when I was employed by medical staff.

This happened in the health services industry. I would put in a safety net to which an amount is paid each week that when people don't get the shifts required to make payments they could perhaps apply to draw from funds to cover what they needed until they are secure again


Anonymous, Reservoir (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health
A directly employed casual by Alpha nursing agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Make part time and full time work as the only type of work available and give people who work casual better renumeration.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. If I want to undertake Cpd this is done in my personal time. I'm not paid for it. Some places you go to, it is so busy you have to ask to be shown around. It's not always the case but I have seen this happen a few times. It's just so hard to plan anything. Waiting around for work to call you. Maybe not having enough rest during the day and then get called to work night or resting thinking you are working and then not get called. You don't get paid more than what a facility pays for casual work either. For instance this week I'm sick I was unable to work. I don't get paid sick leave and although there is loading in the casual rate to make up for this, it's hardly enough. This happened in Reservoir but sometimes I drove an hour to and from work. When I was employed by Alpha nursing agency. This happened in the Health industry. Make part time and full time work as the only type of work available and give people who work casual better renumeration.


Anonymous, (received via ANMF) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

At the very least ensure that shifts that get offered is in the full standard hours the same as the full employed personnel. So if it's an 8 hour shift for current employees then for agency it should be 8 hours as well.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. I have queried about clinical professional development courses but not been given information for subsidies or payed ones. All courses require a fee to be paid by myself. My job already feels insecure. On top of which I don't get enough shifts or hours per week. My shifts are always only 6 or 5 hours. Rarely will I get the full shift. And I will only get 1-3 shifts a week. Which doesn't pay much to get by. Although I feel much stress about my job insecurity and lack of at that, I still try to make myself available at all times. Which then makes it difficult to plan anything else because I need it ensure I get earn enough. At the very least ensure that shifts that get offered is in the full standard hours the same as the full employed personnel. So if it's an 8 hour shift for current employees then for agency it should be 8 hours as well.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

I would make the employer pay you for the time they have booked you, so they couldn't cut your shift so you would accept the shift. Also they cut your shift hours after you have done all the hard initial work. This apply to being an agency member too. If they book you for an 8 hour shift for example they should have to honour that and pay you.

Story

I was a directly employed casual more than a year ago. You weren't paid if you went over the time allocated even if you couldn't leave due to duties to be completed. If called to do a shift they could cancel you with only approx. 2 hours' notice so as not being able to get another shift with an agency for example.

Another thing they would book you for say an 8 hour shift and sent u home after a couple of hours. All this is stressful about not earning enough money to pay your bills etc. There is always issues, you tell them and nothing is done e.g. shower chairs that lock over toilets and you can't get them out, therefore you have to physically drag it out with the full brakes on and the weight of an obese patient. In drug rooms where equipment was also stored. You would bash your hip and leg constantly. They are always big on OH&S statements but something's never done. This is when I was a casual. We were only told of our next shift the late afternoon prior for a morning shift and about 10 am to let us know about a PM shift. This is if you were lucky. Often you weren't told until an hour before and then you could be cancelled anyway. Due to what I have just said, you never knew how little or how much work you would ever get. This is also when you put your name down every day for am or pm shifts even.

The cancellations at the last minute as well was a big problem as it was too late to get other work. I would make the employer pay you for the time they have booked you, so they couldn't cut your shift so you would accept the shift. Often they wouldn't tell it was a short shift because no one wanted to do them, so they told you it was a full shift, then send u home after a few hours. Also they cut your shift hours after you have done all the hard initial work. This applies to being an agency worker too. If they book you for an 8 hour shift for example they should have to honour that and pay you.


Anonymous, (received via ANMF) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Tightly regulate the nurse agency. Make sure they have the ability to provide sufficient work to their worker.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. The pay rate remain the same when reached to grade year 10. There was no annual increase. The cost of life is increasing a lot but the pay rate has not been increased accordingly. The pay rate of agency nurse is even less than bank nurse of the hospital. Agency nurse is a seasonal job. No work, no pay. Tightly regulate the nurse agency. Make sure they have the ability to provide sufficient work to their worker.


Anonymous, East Bentleigh (home suburb) (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health
A directly employed casual by Alfred Health (Caulfield)

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Have a guaranteed minimum amount of shifts which should be allocated, for example 2 shifts (16 hours) per week or 4 (32 hours) per fortnight.

Story

I am a directly employed casual in my current job. I have not had any problems with my pay or conditions. I do not recall being told about WorkCover and what to do if I was injured. As I am casual (Nurse Bank), I submit my availability but there is no guarantee that I will be called for a shift on those days. I do not have children so I do not have to worry about organising childcare and I don't know about other workers.

Because I work on a Nurse Bank, there have been a couple of weeks when I have not received a shift so this is very disconcerting and can make you feel financially insecure as you have no control over what work is available and you don't know if this will happen again or if it is just an isolated occurrence. This can also make you feel very anxious.

When I was first accepted on the Bank I was told I could call on the Thursday or Friday to receive shifts for the following week, but this didn't end up being the case, when I called there weren't any shifts allocated so I now just wait to be called. This happened at Alfred Health (Caulfield), East Bentleigh (home suburb) I am employed by Alfred Health. This happened in the Health industry. Have a guaranteed minimum amount of shifts which should be allocated, for example 2 shifts (16 hours) per week or 4 shifts (32 hours) per fortnight. I WOULD LIKE TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS PLEASE AS I AM STILL EMPLOYED WITH ALFRED HEALTH.


Mick Martin, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Mental Health
Employed through a labour hire agency by Swingshift

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: true

ProDev: true

Induction: false

  

Solution

Allow ABN's for agency work and look after one's own taxes.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago. Classic example. As an RPN when you work (I don't now) in an Inpatient unit you are generally thrown into the HDU and rarely given any support, made to feel second class … They put you (an unknown quantity to the service) in an acute setting with complex and potentially volatile clients and expect you to sink or swim... difficult to plan anything. This happened at Swingshift, Melbourne when I was employed by Swingshift. This happened in the Mental Health industry. Allow ABN's for agency work and look after one's own taxes, provided Salary packaging, they say you are their employee but you don't get all the benefits like sick days annual leave etc...


Anonymous, Monbulk (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Mid
A directly employed casual by Belmore. The worst agency in creation. But I was working at others and casual bank @ Various

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Governments need to look at the way nurses in hospitals, midwives theatre staff get treated and what's expected of us for very little pay and NO THANKS AT ALL. And a lot of nit picking goes on. Government departments need to look into abuse of nursing staff.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. Casual staff don't get any professional development pay/leave at all and I also work for an agency and you get nothing at all. I have only recently joined a casual bank and that's not very secure either because other bank staff get shitty if you get more work than they do so then you have to resort back to agency to get enough work and often you don't get work because hospitals are not allowed to get agency so it's a very bad situation.

Agency also have no rights at all and often get treated extremely badly including getting blamed for things you don't do to pts you never looked after and then the agency doesn't send you back there so no work again!! You just have to assume that every place has the same standards of which they don't... and as agency you can't say anything at all.

I don't need childcare however I do need to work and often it was difficult due to last minute calls for work or getting cancelled at last minute or being sent home after a few hours of having hours cut...so you basically need to be on call 24/7 so you cannot plan anything at all socially...it stinks!

There were times when money was extremely short but I do have a husband; however I still want to keep my skills up and have some money of my own. I want to work but sometimes it is so hard because you cannot plan I would like to see my grandchildren more often and do things with them but often have to cancel due to being called at the last minute to work or cancelling a plan and then work rings and cancels you.

Another stress is wanting to go on a casual bank and having to produce references from only managers when you've been doing agency forever and can't get a reference because you don't work consistently with the same people so it all just becomes too hard. Agency staff need to have more rights and be treated a whole lot better and casual staff also need to be treated better. Hospitals are no longer there for pts only the money so pt care no longer exists… it's just a business there to make money and it shows because nurses midwives are treated badly like we are just a commodity but we work fairly hard and get very little pay.

This happened at various workplaces in Monbulk when I was employed by Belmore…the worst agency in creation. But I was working at others and casual bank. This happened in the mid industry. As above. Governments need to look at the way nurses I hospitals, midwives theatre staff get treated and what's expected of us for very little pay and NO THANKS AT ALL. And a lot of nit picking goes on. Government departments need to look into abuse of nursing staff.


Babett Savill, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Midwifery/Nursing
Employed through a labour hire agency by Colbrow and Belmore @ Royal Women's. Monash medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey hospital, Sandringham hospital

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Fix the health care system so that we do not run a hospital based on finances - that we run a hospital based on care we need to give.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency less than 3 months ago. Nobody has the time to do a proper ward orientation. Depression, anxiety. Financial worry. Relationship worry. If you do not know when the next shift will be rostered you are scared to go out and do things or spend money as you do not know when the next pay check might be coming in. This happened at Royal Women's, Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital, Casey hospital, Sandringham hospital when I was employed by Colbrow and Belmore. This happened in the Midwifery/Nursing industry. Fix the health care system so that we do not run a hospital based on finances - that we run a hospital based on care we need to give.


Val Flett, Berwick (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Public Hospital
Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

I really have no idea, sorry.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. I've struggled to work at all after being bullied out of my Caseload position at Casey Hospital and the Agency I now work for has been quite non receptive to my needs with regards where I feel safe working and where I do not feel safe to work.

The pay is not an issue at all. Was asked during a Night Duty at Angliss Hospital to go over the EBA ratio which I declined to do and was never asked back there and upon questioning 3 separate Agency personnel was finally told that they don't want me back as I'm perceived to be 'not a Team-player'. I will not put women and babies nor my Registration at risk to become a 'Team-player' in this respect.

I often find that the Agency Midwife is loaded up with the heaviest workload at most institutions, with no regard for the fact that as an Agency Midwife I'm the least likely to be familiar with the environment and the policies/procedures than permanent employees and this increases both the workload and stress for me. I am basically 'on-call' from when I wake up in the morning until 9pm every day I am available for shifts and often need to try to get an 'afternoon nap' just in case I get a Night Duty. I cannot plan ANYTHING whilst awaiting shifts. The first 6 weeks were OK with regards to income, then I had 3 whole weeks without one shift, this has placed a huge financial strain upon me and especially considering Christmas is only a month away etc.

I am struggling with PTSD symptoms on a daily basis following the witch hunt and bullying I was subjected to over a four month period from Feb-June at Casey and I could not even contemplate working again until early September. I feel anxious, paranoid, depressed and even suicidal some days. I have been referred by my GP to a Psychologist, who I've seen once thus far just last week, and am seeing again in first week of January.

I feel that I have NO job security, NO future in midwifery after 15 years of practice, worthless, and like absolutely no one understands nor cares at all. I am unsure about continuing to practice midwifery, however, at nearly 48 years of age, I am too old to retrain and couldn't afford to as I'm a kiwi and don't qualify for HECS etc. I really do not know what to do. I have applied for work at Warragul but have not been offered an interview as yet. I believe if I had some stability and consistency again I may survive this Berwick. This happened in the Public Hospital industry. I really have no idea, sorry.


Kym, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Maternity
Employed through a labour hire agency by Agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. Online learning and self-directed. Not paid for this. Most hospitals do not discuss this at all. If you have worked at that hospital you are lucky as you may be aware of this or sometimes more aware than the permanent staff. It is unpredictable work with hours available 24/7 and then no shifts for ages, when I was employed by Belmore. This happened in the Maternity industry.


Anonymous, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health 
A directly employed casual @ the Melbourne Eastern Private Hospital

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: false

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Make retraining and skill updates affordable in line with age and actual income. Incentives for employers to utilize older job applicants to keep them working for longer.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. Employer not paying EBA rates for the last 3 years. No clinical nurse educator or program in place. Constant anxiety, diminished social interaction, depression poor diet and health. Self-worth, being undervalued and disposable. Fear of being marginalized and eventually irrelevant. This happened at the Melbourne Eastern Private Hospital, Melbourne. This happened in the health industry. Make retraining and skill updates affordable in line with age and actual income. Incentives for employers to utilize older job applicants to keep them working for longer.


Anonymous, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Mental health nursing
A directly employed casual by Swingshift @ The Austin, The Alfred and Dandenong hospitals

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: false

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: true

Induction: true

  

Solution

I am unsure. I feel I needed to educate myself more on the assistance that is available.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. I would be asked to do psych specials but not always informed of the risk and current presentation of the patient being specialled. I was assaulted more than once on these occasions. I would accept a shift unaware of the ward acuity. I would be assaulted and not know if I would be supported if I asked for assistance with WorkCover. I would have shifts cancelled at the start of a shift and miss out on work. This happened at The Austin, The Alfred and Dandenong hospitals in Melbourne when I was employed by Swingshift. This happened in the mental health nursing industry. I am unsure. I feel I needed to educate myself more on the assistance that is available.


Kylie Richardson, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health care
A directly employed casual by Monash health @ Dandenong

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Story

I was a directly employed casual more than a year ago. Told compulsory to attend courses but not payed to attend as casual. Also told if didn't attend couldn't work until completed course. Sometimes didn't know till the day of working so difficult to plan child care. Unpredictable some weeks enough work others not … This happened at Dandenong, Melbourne when I was employed by Monash health. This happened in the Health care industry.


Regina Mudge, Melbourne (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Theatre Div. 1 Nurse
Employed through a labour hire agency by Healthcare Australia PTY LTD trading as ASEPS @ eHCA ASEPS

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: true

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

I don't know.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. My Basic life support training was held at head office which is difficult to get any parking at. Public transport takes 3 times as long to get to your session. It takes me over 1 hour. Because of the time spent traveling and doing the training, I cannot get any work for that day. I have to lose a day's pay. Nothing else l do through the agency is free. Each work place has a different version of the current safety regulations, all think there's is the only way and expect you to do it their way without consultation. The agency market ebbs and flows in a direct relationship with the stock market, government changes, and time of year. This happened at eHCA ASEPS, Melbourne when I was employed by Healthcare Australia PTY LTD trading as ASEPS. This happened in the Theatre Div. 1 Nurse industry. I don't know.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

A directly employed casual

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: false

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Solution

Please give nursing a pay rise.

Story

I am directly employed casual in my current job. Get the feeling that less that is said the better. Management want to improve staff motivation but have their ears shut. It's about their bottom line. No CPD or updates. I have recently raised my concerns with management and been told they will be followed up.

OH&S standards in my workplace are poor. There's always a risk that there's no work tomorrow or next month. That's the risk... I can pay my bills but there is commonly nothing spare. And as a full-time casual I am restricted to 76 hours total and therefore that leaves no extra money to pay off the mortgage for example. Considering the 'heavy' workload, I also would find it difficult to do more hours. Please give nursing a pay rise.


Debbie, Boxhill (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Community care
Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: false

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: false

Could speak up: true

Leave: true

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

That every employer should pay a min of 4 hrs a day (5days) to all employees for days no work or on call instead of nothing at all.

Story

I was employed through a labour hire agency in my current job. I'm expected to do shifts without min 10 hour break or to do continued shifts from 1 client to next example start 3pm - 10pm drive 1/2hr 10.30pm - 1pm next day but have to fill in time sheets as 3 shifts all up. No breaks, no sleep. Changes weekly and either shifts added or cancelled with only very short notice. Week to week changes all time, there was a time I had no work for 3 months without a true reason why. This happened in the Community care industry. That every employer should pay a min of 4 hrs a day (5days) to all employees for days no work or on call instead of nothing at all.


Anonymous, Mornington (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Health care/nursing
A directly employed casual @ Ramsay Health Care

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

ProDev: false

Induction: true

  

Solution

Stop the 457 visa employment that occurs as from my observations these are the only people given permanent shifts/work. Make major employers to accept that permanent workers are better and cheaper in the long run.

Story

I was a directly employed casual in my current job. All professional development has been done at own expense and in my own time or taking time off work. Usually find out about shifts on Friday evening for next coming week, or the day prior and at time awake at 0500, dressed and waiting for a phone call. At the pleasure of the work place, will give shifts when available and you can find they no longer offer you any shifts this happened at Ramsay Health Care, Mornington …this happened in the Health care/nursing industry. Stop the 457 visa employment that occurs as from my observations these are the only people given permanent shifts/work. Make major employers to accept that permanent workers are better and cheaper in the long run.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via ANMF) 

Employed through a labour hire agency

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: false

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: true

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: false

Childcare: false

Accommodation ok: true

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: true

ProDev: false

Induction: false

  

Story

 I was employed through a labour hire agency more than a year ago.


Anonymous, (ANMF received via VTHC) 

Informally employed

Pay and Conditions

Health and Safety

Personal Impact

Financial Security

Paid Fair: true

Safe work: true

Predictable Roster: false

Bills ok: false

Legal Employment: true

Worksafe: true

Childcare: true

Accommodation ok: false

Could speak up: true

Could speak up: true

Leave: false

Future secure: false

Solution

Cut the number of 457s

Story

 I was informally employed in my current job. Battling Centrelink for Newstart - Had to cash in my super - cut the number of 457s.

Page last updated: 20 July 2016