The Health Services Union has warned politicians of all stripes their future hinges on support for aged care funding and wages, as explosive polling reveals the issue will change votes at the coming election.
Aged care staff will be able to access two bonus payments of up to $400 each under a new $209 million package to be announced today, but unions and Federal Labor have slammed the payments as little more than a pre-election 'sugar hit' that falls well short of seriously dealing with a major wages crisis in the sector.
Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese said on ASaturday that he supports the Health Services Union (HSU) Fair Work Commission case for a 25 per cent wage increase for aged care, providing what HSU national president, Gerard Hayes said is 'a massive boost to the workforce, support attraction and retention of staff and improve quality of care'.
The Health Services Union is calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to fund a ‘home guard’ style system, which would allow everyday Australians to provide support to the overwhelmed aged care sector.
NSW is bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases as the virus outbreak in Sydney infiltrates the health care system, with at least 70 paramedics isolating and cases linked to two major hospitals and an aged care home.