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
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.
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
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.
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.
More than 2000 aged care worker reports have revealed the often difficult reality of life in aged care facilities. Using an innovative new whistleblower reporting tool, workers have exposed what they say is the daily understaffing and safety risks facing older Australians across the country.