Workers are coming together across Australia today on Tuesday 10 September 2019 for ‘Thank You for Working in Aged Care Day’.
On this day workers celebrate the essential work that they do in aged care and home care.
United Voice, the care workers union, will be holding more than 30 events around the country, with the support of members, residents, families, employers/providers and local politicians. These events include morning and afternoon teas at worksites. Home care workers from NSW will be talking to the public in Sydney’s CBD about why aged care workers are important and deserve more recognition.
Aged care workers will also be raising awareness today on their 5 point plan for the sector (listed below).
Tracey Colbert, aged care worker from Adelaide says, “Today we are taking a moment to recognise the special contribution that aged care workers make to our society, and how we improve the lives of older Australians in aged care facilities and home care.
“As well as holding celebrations, aged care and home care workers are raising awareness of our 5 point plan for the sector. The Government needs to recognise the essential work we do by delivering on these key issues.
“We work hard and care deeply about our older Australians, and we are proud of what we do!”
Enacting the 5 point plan developed by members of United Voice and the HSU will ensure our aged care system delivers for Australia. The plan puts values, respect and fairness at the forefront of our aged care system:
1. MORE TIME TO CARE
- At least one extra care hour per resident, per week
- Mandated minimum staffing levels
- Access for all aged care participants to a multidisciplinary team of health professionals
2. A FAIR-PAY WORKFORCE
- Quality jobs with fair wages that reflect the importance of aged care work
- The right to a secure, permanent job
3. A QUALITY WORKFORCE
- A ‘fit-for-purpose’ accreditation scheme for aged care that reflects the needs of workers
- Develop career paths to recruit and retain a quality workforce
- Provide free, on-going TAFE training for workers and minimum qualifications for entry
4. FUNDING THAT MEETS NEEDS
- A funding model that ensures quality care and quality jobs
- Return the $2.1 billion that has been ripped out of aged care by the Coalition since 2013
- People over profit – hold business accountable to how they allocate public funds
5. HOME CARE THAT CARES
- Give home care recipients the care time they need
- Restrict the use of insecure zero-hour contracts, agency and labour hire work
- Allocate time for work meetings for home care workers
- Blitz the waitlist for the tens of thousands of older Australians waiting for home care.