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Is time in lieu a fair deal?

I am writing regarding the use of time in lieu becoming the norm instead of overtime payments.

It is not uncommon in today's work environment to be asked regularly to do overtime, to cover roster deficiencies, sick leave etc. My concern is that it is becoming more common for staff to be asked to do overtime and to take time in lieu instead of payment.

Personally I am happy to take the option of time away from the workplace, however two issues arise. In a time of short staffing, taking the time in lieu is not always possible, so staff run the risk of never getting the time owed them back.

Secondly, it seems to be that time in lieu should be provided at double time as would be the case if we were being paid the hours of duty, for example, four hours overtime equates to eight hours time in lieu.

To only take the time as single hours is short changing us. As it stands now, I feel nurses are being disadvantaged when asked (or pressured) into taking the time in lieu of payment option.

Beverley Brady, CNC Aged Care

Manly Hospital Branch Secretary

Editor's response:

The Association's research reveals a widespread inability of public health system nurses to take time off in lieu, due to understaffing. The issue of providing it at 'double time' is being considered by delegates on the claim committee for inclusion in the 2008 public health pay campaign.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Brady, Beverley
Publication:The Lamp
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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