The best solution to job insecurity is a union agreement built on collective strength.
That is my experience from Melbourne’s Crown Casino, where I’m a part-time dealer. I now enjoy greater job security under our new agreement.
Our agreement gives me more minimum hours and gives all of us a guaranteed way of increasing our allocated shifts. Waiting for the monthly roster to be published is no longer so worrying and stressful.
Until recently it was the luck of the draw how many shifts I would get. Would I earn enough that month to cover the mortgage and all the other bills?
I struggled to get enough hours to earn a living.
Some months I was looking for five or six additional shifts from workmates who might not be able to manage all their allocated hours.
To pick up extra shifts you have to be really quick about it. I always found it stressful asking people if they wanted to offload any unwanted shifts.
The pressure is a lot less now. Under our new agreement, if you have worked a certain number of hours in the previous 12 months you are entitled to move up a band.
I moved to a Grade 4 part-time, meaning I get at least 120 hours each month, up to 144 hours. It’s made a big difference to my pay packet.
As a United Voice delegate I helped to distribute survey forms among Crown workers in the lead-up to our EBA negotiations. The survey results confirmed we all needed to increase our guaranteed hours.
We stayed united and determined during negotiations that lasted almost a year. We protested outside the Convention Centre,
chanting and banging drums.
I’m very proud to be part of such a strong campaign that made a real difference to my life and to thousands of my colleagues.
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