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Aged Care workers deserve better pay and respect at work. Join our fight:

Your Union for aged care workers

We work in aged care, home care and disability services. We provide essential support to keep older Australians safe. We give you and your family professional care, with dignity. Together we are campaigning to change aged care because we all deserve dignity and respect. 

IF YOU WORK IN AGED CARE, HOME CARE OR DISABILITY SUPPORT – UNITED WORKERS UNION IS YOUR UNION. 

UWU represents over 150,000 workers from all walks of life across Australia.  Throughout our history, we’ve shown when working people come together, we win.

We fight hard for jobs you can count on, decent pay and conditions, and respect at work. Your union is here to help you – providing a range of quality services, benefits and representation when you need it.  

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Join thousands of workers taking regular online actions to change aged care.
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Join our Facebook Group for Aged Care Workers from across Australia.
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Request a call from one of our friendly organisers who can help you answer your questions.

Aged Care Watch

Understaffing in Aged Care is unbelievable. 

We’ve had enough. Your union has launched a new online tool to report unfilled shifts, understaffing and workload issues and demonstrate the scale of the problem nationwide. 

By adding a report, you are raising community awareness and helping us put real pressure on decision makers to fund more care-time.

 

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Standing united as thousands of Aged Care workers we can change our sector for the better! 

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Better Pay and Conditions

Union members stand together for better pay and conditions, respect, and job security.

Australian workers who are union members earn on average $250 more every week.

Back up and Support at Work

When you face poor treatment – like unfair dismissal, safety issues or harassment at work it’s important to be union.

At worksites across the country UWU Delegates, leaders and Health and Safety Reps have your back.

Training, Community & Information

Members have access to exclusive training and development designed to support you at work.

Being union also gives you access to a community of workers and expert information when you need it.

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When you’re union, you’re part of a national movement with a long history for standing up for what is right.

If you want a fairer Australia, joining your union is the best way to make a difference.

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Unions were started for workers, by workers to give them a stronger voice at work and in the community. Unions collectively bargain for better pay and conditions, provide representation at work, and engage in community and political campaigns that impact members’ lives. Joining the union is joining a collective, standing together for a better future.

 

United Workers Union (UWU) is the union for workers in Aged Care across a variety of roles including:

  • Care workers
  • Hospitality staff and cooks
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Laundry workers
  • Maintenance workers
  • Managers

Our coverage extends across:

  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • South Australia
  • Northern Territory

UWU is also the union for Home Care workers in NSW, Qld, WA, SA, NT and ACT.

If you’re unsure or have any questions, get in touch with us here.

If you work in Aged Care in another state, you can find your union through the ACTU here

No. The Fair Work Act 2009 states that in Australia, everyone has the right to be a member of a union. Your employer cannot discriminate against you or prevent you from being a member, or from seeking help from your organiser or local union office.

In fact if your employer or manager is discouraging you from joining your union – that is the strongest indication that you need union protection. 

If you’re particularly worried about your situation, call our friendly Membership Services Team to discuss. 

Union membership fees change slightly based on where you work and what you’re paid – most membership fees are $13.25 a week. The join form will display the right fee grade once you enter your occupation information, before you submit your details.

 

Yes, union membership is 100% tax deductible!

 

When joining online you can select to pay either by credit/debit card, or via direct debit.

You can also select your payment frequency: weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, so you can align it with your pay cycle.

Unions are run to benefit their members, not for profit. Membership fees are used to provide services and advocate on behalf of members, like representation and legal support,  training and development opportunities, expert information, collectively bargain on behalf of workers, and run community/political campaigns to further our members interests (like our Change Aged Care campaign!).

 
media releases + campaign updates

recent news:

HASTY SA MANDATORY VACC PUSH THREATENS AGED CARE
The United Workers Union is warning that SA Government public health orders released yesterday mandating that all residential aged care workers are vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 17 will tip an already strained industry over the edge. The SA Government orders were made public on Wednesday after being signed late on Tuesday. A copy of the orders are available here (clause 12): https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/439672/RACF-No-40-10-08-2021.pdf Federal Government statistics show that only 51 per cent of South Australian aged care workers have received one jab and only one third of workers are currently fully vaccinated. For the State Government to fulfil its own public health directive, 6500 jabs-per-week would need to be delivered over the next five weeks. The union has been told by both workers and aged care providers that the industry is already struggling to attract and retain staff and that further restrictions would exacerbate the issues. United Workers Union Aged Care Director Carolyn Smith said that the latest directive will cause panic among aged care workers and will force many to leave the industry. “The vaccine roll-out has been bungled from the get-go, not just through the lack of availability and access but through confusing and mixed messaging coming from the different layers of Government,” Smith said. “While we will always encourage our members to follow the health advice of the State and Federal chief health officers, it’s not a surprise that there is an element of hesitancy among aged care workers, as misinformation has been able to thrive in the context of regularly changing vaccine advice. “Even if…
Mandatory vax push will only worsen aged care staffing crisis and put strain on hospitals
The United Workers Union is warning that WA Government public health orders mandating that all residential aged care workers are vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 17 will tip an already strained industry over the edge. Federal Government statistics show that fewer than 50 percent of Western Australian aged care workers have received one jab and only 25 percent of workers are currently fully vaccinated. For the State Government to fulfil its own public health directive, 2700 jabs-per-week would need to be delivered over the next five weeks. The union has been told by both workers and aged care providers that the industry is already struggling to attract and retain staff and that further restrictions would exacerbate the issues. United Workers Union Aged Care Director Carolyn Smith said that the latest directive will cause panic among aged care workers and will force many to leave the industry. “The vaccine roll out has been bungled from the get-go, not just through the lack of availability and access but through confusing and mixed messaging coming from the different layers of Government,” Smith said. “While we will always encourage our members to follow the health advice of the State and Federal chief health officers, it’s not a surprise that there is an element of hesitancy among aged care workers, as misinformation has been able to thrive in the context of regularly changing vaccine advice. “Even if it was realistic to deliver more than 30,000 doses in five weeks, there hasn’t been enough done to allay the fears of aged care workers…