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Don't cut sick leave in a global pandemic!

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CBA's enterprise agreement proposal would cut sick leave by 3 days per year for approximately 82% of their workforce. In the middle of a global pandemic.

CBA should maintain 15 days sick leave per year for the 82% of employees who are currently entitled to it and raise those who currently get less up to that level.

The bank has indicated that this reduction is intended to make way for a new proposed conditional leave provision that employees can access provided they've used a year's worth of annual leave in the past 12 months and have a balance below 20 days.

Why is this important?

It’s not fair to expect CBA workers to take a cut in their sick leave entitlements going forward in order to accommodate an increase for their colleagues who are on less favourable Commsec contracts. Nor should they have to sacrifice their sick leave safety net to pay for extra leave days with strings attached.

Everyone at CBA should get 15 sick leave days per year in the 2020 agreement. CBA Group employees who currently get 10 & 12 days should have their sick leave increased in line with their colleagues.


Reasons for signing

  • My logic is simple - pandemic taught me simple truth that I get sick less when sick people wear masks or don't come to work. In many workplaces there is still culture "if you not dead - come to work" this has to stop or we will never beat this (or future) viruses. Sick days help to stay away from other. This is step one only step two we need to remove stigma around taking sick leave.
  • I'm 50 so as I get older I seem to have more ailments but also with the secondment I have more stress, anxiety,headaches! I keep going until I drop...
  • I am CBA staff, and I have young children and other commitments in life just like many of us have. I need peace of mind if I need to take sick days and not to sacrifice my income/ family. Do as you say "WORK-LIFE BALANCE". thank you.


2021-08-18 11:43:24 +1000

Petition is successful with 1,165 signatures

2020-08-26 22:15:54 +1000

1,000 signatures reached

2020-08-23 11:51:12 +1000

500 signatures reached

2020-08-22 14:49:18 +1000

100 signatures reached

2020-08-22 14:21:46 +1000

50 signatures reached

2020-08-22 12:36:06 +1000

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2020-08-22 12:33:19 +1000

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2020-08-22 12:33:18 +1000

25 signatures reached

2020-08-22 11:57:29 +1000

10 signatures reached