As we have seen throughout the Aged Care Royal Commission and now the pandemic, the problems in our sector are wide-ranging and complex. You and your colleagues are essential in ensuring dignity and respect for our elderly, yet you are undervalued and under-resourced.
Together, HSU members have now lodged our Work Value Case in the Fair Work Commission to seek to right the historical wrong in your wages, seeking a 25% wage increase.
But this isn’t enough. If we are going to fix aged care, we need proper staffing levels.
The NSW Government is currently considering putting into legislation a requirement for aged care to have registered nurses on shift around the clock. This is great – but I don’t believe this will address the staffing issues in the sector. We need a solution that addresses all the needs of residents, not just something that sounds good in the media.
I want to hear from you about your experiences with staffing and what you think should be done in aged care. Your feedback will be used to let the NSW Government know what aged care workers on the front line think about staffing.
If you know someone who isn’t an HSU member, let them know what the NSW Government is doing – and not doing – about staffing. Let them know that HSU members are having their say. New members can join at www.hsu.asn.au/join or by calling 1300 478 679.