FOLLOW UP      

In late 2023, we enquired about people’s use of time.

Does anyone have any actions to report or further reflections on this?

CARDIJN COMMUNITY SHORT ENQUIRY – ABILITY TO DISCONNECT

INTRO                  

Jim rang this guy about a work-related matter. The guy apologised for not having the facts at his fingertips because he was lying on a beach in France. Jim apologised for disturbing his holiday.

Ann is a teacher who answered a phone call at 10.00 pm from a student’s mother wanting to talk about her son’s grade. Ann told her coordinator she was stressed and tired. The coordinator told her she should not give her number to her parents.

This enquiry will review the need for people to disconnect from work.

SEE                        

Can you give examples of yourself or others getting contacted by work after hours?

How does this affect people?

Why is it necessary to communicate after hours in the workplace?

JUDGE                 

From August 26, 2024, the Fair Work Act will give most employees the right to refuse to monitor, read or respond to contact (or attempted contact) from an employer outside of working hours – unless such refusal is unreasonable. Your UniUniony can assist, but if the issue cannot be resolved, an application can be made to the Fair Work Commission, which can order the Employer to comply with the Right to Disconnect legislation.

www.australianunions.org.au/factsheet/right-to-disconnect

Is this a good law?              

RERUM NOVARUM ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON CAPITAL AND LABOR RERUM NOVARUM 1891

“Such unions should be suited to the requirements of this age – an age of more comprehensive education, of different habits, and far more numerous requirements in daily life. It is gratifying to know that there are actually in existence not a few associations of this nature, “

What strikes you about what the Pope was saying?

How would you summarise what you believe about the right to disconnect?

ACT:

Would you consider going to your uniUnionout this?

Have you decided to take any steps?

Could you discuss the worker’s right to disconnect with someone?

By Greg Lopez

Member of the Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI), Cardijn Community Australia (CCA) and lay chaplain with the International Catholic Student Movement, Asia Pacific.

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