I suppose our agreement is somewhat shocking to some people in the senior care sector who have been fighting against the staff relationship for many years. The Royal Commission on The Care of the Elderly has highlighted the fundamental issues of private and public providers in the area of aged care. With regard to the issue of negotiating rates of pay in enterprise agreements, consultant Bolster questioned the trends in wage increases sought and proposed by unions and employers during the negotiations. I work with elder care. The biggest problem is loneliness in the house. No visitors or volunteers. “There is a real influence on a worker when they decide to take industrial action to impose a result, and even if you take labour law measures in the area of elder care, there is a very real possibility for the government to cancel this action and say that you cannot take union action because of the impact on your residents.” At the hearing, Mr. Gilbert stated that agreements on older care companies were very rarely concluded smoothly and that union actions, such as those seen during the recent Patta with BUPA in 2017, were not taken lightly by members. United Voice representative Clare Tunney also stated that low pay was the main problem related to the representation of nurses, registered nurses and ground staff in home and home care. One of the main barriers to obtaining a degree in end-of-life care is finding an institution that allows a student to take the practical internships necessary to complete their course.
Lisa Alcock of the Union of Health Workers said the HWU represented some of the lowest paid and invisible workers in the elderly care sector, such as cleaners, bodyguards, cooks and religious services. Ms Tunney said the figure showed that support for seniors was “really undervalued,” a view shared by our colleague Ms Alcock. “The two most important reactions we receive from members on a daily basis are the alarming rate of workplace violence, and it should only be accepted when working in the elderly care sector,” Alcock said. The agreement also requires TLC to adopt a standard position to replace absent employees who are absent on personal or annual leave on a “like for like” basis, except in exceptional circumstances such as a sudden decline in occupancy.