As case numbers continue to rise and the number of aged care workers forced to isolate increases, I am deeply concerned about your safety and the safety of older Australians.
I want to hear directly from you about what’s happening in your workplace. I am worried that politicians have switched off to the dire consequences opening up to COVID means to an under resourced aged care sector. You can tell me here.
I know that many aged care workers are exhausted and at breaking point. The Federal Government knew that more cases would mean more pressure on staffing, and yet absolutely nothing has been done to attract and retain aged care workers through improved wages and conditions. Absolutely nothing.
The aged care sector is in crisis.
I will be writing to the Prime Minister calling for:
1. immediate implementation of our 25% award wage claim to attract and retain aged care workers;
2. access to COVID vaccination booster shots for aged care workers in the workplace;
3. paid isolation leave so aged care workers don’t bear the cost of opening up to COVID.
Ps: Please pass this newsletter onto your co-workers who might not be HSU members. Let them know they’re not alone in their struggles but also in fighting to change aged care. New members can join at www.hsu.asn.au/join.