Right to disconnect
Agreement Clause 20.1 – The parties to this Agreement recognise that an important aspect of maintaining work-life balance is staff members being able to switch off from work.
What are your rights around disconnecting from work?
You have a right to disconnect. That means you do not have to respond to emails or phone calls outside your normal working hours or when on leave.
You should only be asked to respond to emails or phone calls outside your normal working when:
- There is a genuine emergency
- It is part of your work arrangements
- You are being compensated (e.g., overtime)
Your supervisor should not contact you by phone outside your normal working hours.
Why it pays to be union-
As an NTEU member union reps and staff can help you maintain your work/life balance, making sure you and your colleagues can disconnect from work.
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