Older Australians and the workers caring for them deserve respect
Australia’s aged care system is in crisis
Aged care workers work hard every day caring for older people despite poor pay, short-staffing, heavy workloads and insecure jobs. COVID19 has shone a spotlight on the crisis in aged care, but this crisis has been decades in the making. Years of government funding cuts, and providers putting profits before the care of older Australians.
“All aged care workers need to be respected and paid a decent wage for the important role they do in caring for our older Australians. It’s time for us all to stand up and support each other”
– Jen, care worker and UWU member, Queensland.
We need real change, not political fix ups.
Recent government announcements in the budget give the illusion of action on aged care but they fail to address the fundamental issues facing the sector.
The government’s plans fails to address the low wages faced by hundreds of thousands of workers in aged care and home care. The government needs to recognise that a well-staffed, well-trained, adequately paid workforce is the single biggest driver to providing the quality care time needed by older people in care.
The centrepiece aged care funding measure of $17.7 billion over five years – or $3.5 billion a year – paled in comparison to the $50 billion in funding needs indicated by the Royal Commission and others over the same period. Furthermore, there is no guarantee the funding will go to care not profits.
Together we can change our workplaces for the better!
If you work in Aged Care, joining your union is the most impactful way you can support the fight for change – our campaign is only as strong as our members!
Aged Care workers from across the country have endorsed these five key demands:
A responsible Government would act to keep older Australians safe.
A responsible Government would address the short-staffing facing older Australians every day.
A responsible Government would regulate so profits are not put ahead of quality care.
A care-time guarantee must give older Australians the safety, dignity and respect they deserve.
A care-time guarantee must:
- Be legally enforceable.
- Meet the quality care needs of older Australians.
- Give aged care workers enough time to care.
Jobs with time to care must give older Australians:
- Trusted relationships with care staff, because continuity of care is essential to quality care.
- A secure workforce in which workers are not rushing the elderly in their care.
- A secure workforce in which workers know they have enough hours to live on.
Quality care for older Australians means valuing the hard work and skills of aged care workers.
Quality care for older Australians means a well-trained workforce with the skills to do their work.
Aged care workers provide quality care and work above and beyond the call of duty.
It’s only fair their voices are given respect in the workplace.
Are you ready to be a part of the fight?
If you work in Aged Care you have a powerful role to play in driving the change older Australians need.
UWU is your union for aged care, home care and disability support. Our members power the campaign, in addition to receiving a range of member benefits including support at work when you need it. -> Join online today.
Join thousands of aged care workers across Australia and become a part of our digital strike force taking online actions every week to amplify our campaign and drive change. -> Join the strikeforce.
Aged Care Watch allows us to track and visually represent the hundreds of thousands of understaffing and workload issues in aged care across Australia. Next time you encounter an issue at work, register it on Aged Care Watch to increase community awareness and put real pressure on decision-makers to fund more care-time. -> Visit Aged Care Watch
If you don’t work in Aged Care, you can still support our campaign.
Aged Care affects all Australians. Most of us have a family member or friend in Aged Care, and one day it may be us needing care.
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