United Voice Media Release - Aged Care Workforce Taskforce Misses Fundamental Mark



United Voice, the Aged Care union and the Our Turn to Care campaign acknowledges the release of the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce  - A Matter of Care report, however knows the report has missed fundamental marks on wages and job security.

United Voice WA Assistant Secretary Karma Lord said the report neglected the billions in funding cuts to the sector, which has caused issues for workers in the sector.

“The Federal Government have cut billions from the sector, which have seen wages stagnant, low job security and in turn affect retention in staff,”

While the report touches on the need for wages that reflect the hard work of Aged Care workers, it completely neglects to hold the Federal Government accountable.

“The solution is simple – Reinstate the funding that has been taken away and increase workers’ wages,”

“You can’t have a quality workforce if you are cutting funding and not paying wages reflective of their work.”

Ms Lord said the current state of wages and job security in the sector is appalling and will only cause more issues.

“Currently, people are leaving the sector because they aren’t given the respect and recognition they deserve, it breaks their hearts because they go into this work  to do good work for other people,”

“Aged Care workers work all hours of the day and night to provide care and dignity to older Australians and yet workers themselves are not being treated with respect or looked after by the Federal Government,”

Ms Lord said the Federal Government needs to be held accountable for the crisis facing the Aged Care sector.

“When people are leaving the sector because they just can’t afford to live on the wages, or need more security or certainty, you know you’ve got a major problem,”

“The onus is on the Morrison Federal Government to put Aged Care on the right path, to value the workers by reinstating and increasing funding to the sector and ensure people are able to do this important work,”

“The Federal Government needs to act now – because no matter how many reports you write, the only thing that will fix this is action.”

Authorised by Carolyn Smith, Perth WA.

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