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Striking workers target providers by taking protests to their headquarters

Striking aged care workers are taking their fight direct to Southern Cross Care headquarters in Adelaide, the latest in a series of rolling stoppages. UWU's Carolyn Smith, says workers want to appeal to the provider’s executive team directly, but Southern Cross Care chief executive David Moran said it would be more appropriate for pressure to be applied on government, rather than individual providers. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Striking workers in WA, SA and Qld demand immediate action on COVID and staff shortages

The election may be done and dusted, but workers’ fights for meaningful reforms persists, as aged care staff in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia take to the streets in continued strike action.

Pre-election strike action an insight into level of ‘anger and frustration’ of workers

On the eve of the election, strike action continues as aged care workers from Queensland’s Blue Care and Churches of Christ residential aged facilities are walking off the job today, intensifying pressure on the political parties to enact reforms post-election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Three months on, aged care workers feel let down by token COVID payments

The Morrison Government’s ‘sugar hit’ bonus payment scheme, dismissed as “laughable” by many aged care workers, has been further derided by the nurse’s union as a number of their workers have been left high and dry. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

COVID-19 aged care deaths a concern, crisis ‘in full swing’

"How can we lose more than 350 senior Australians to COVID since the election campaign was launched and no one is talking about this," United Workers Union aged care director Carolyn Smith says.

Workers in Qld and WA begin strike action for better pay, conditions and staffing

Thousands of aged care workers in Queensland and Western Australia will walk off the job, striking for better pay and staffing in aged care facilities.

Labor focuses on secure work and better pay, but avoids target commitment

Thousands of union members have marched in Brisbane for Labour Day, as Labor promised higher wages and more secure jobs if Anthony Albanese becomes prime minister.

Unpacking the FWC’s controversial two-hour minimum home care shift ruling

With a recent Fair Work Commission ruling mandating new requirements for minimum shift hours and added financial allowances for broken shifts, BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to a variety of stakeholders to determine what this means for the industry, in the context of  the ongoing pressures resulting from  the workforce crisis.

‘Pushed to breaking point’ aged care workers poised for industrial action

Up to 10,000 aged care workers, from six aged care providers across the country, may walk off the job in the coming weeks to demand urgent action from their employers and the Federal Government to alleviate chronic workforce shortages and pay conditions.

Unions, workers and advocates united in dissatisfaction a year on from royal commission

Representatives from the UWU and the ANMF, alongside a range of aged care workers and advocates, gathered online today to commemorate the one year anniversary of the royal commission final report - and they found little cause for celebration.

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