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June 4, 2021


This week’s political football of mandatory vaccinations is a classic case of misdirection by the Federal Government, United Workers Union said today. “The Federal Government’s approach this week has been a disgraceful political cook-up to shift blame onto workers,” United Workers Union Aged Care Director Carolyn Smith said today. “The vaccine rollout in Australia has been a joke. Aged care workers and residents have been put in harm’s way by the Federal Government’s inability to effectively provide access to the lifesaving vaccine. “Scott Morrison and Greg Hunt have tried to use the issue of mandatory vaccination as a smokescreen for their own failure in providing vaccines to aged care workers. “Instead of addressing the underlying problem of the ineffective vaccine rollout, Morrison and Hunt have tried to pin the blame for the crisis in aged care on workers. In a base political move, they have chosen to create a sideshow […]
June 3, 2021


The Morrison Government’s Budget measures to address the aged care crisis have been marked a hard “fail” by more than 700 aged care workers, in survey results released today. While failings in the vaccination rollout for aged care workers have been aired this week, aged care workers have highlighted aged care failures in the Budget’s approach to issues including low pay, job security and understaffing. In the survey workers issue a stinging rebuke to the Budget sales job, indicating a strong recognition in the workforce that $3.2 billion allocated to aged care providers will not reach older Australians or frontline workers. In a measure of the dim views of aged care workers, the Morrison Government’s efforts to address five key issues facing workers in aged care received an average mark on each issue of no higher than 22 per cent. The aged care workers’ rejection of the Budget follows widespread […]
June 2, 2021


Revelations today that aged care workers were only given leftover aged care vaccines confirms the dreadful vaccine experience of aged care workers over the past few months, United Workers Union Aged Care Director Carolyn Smith said today. “The revelation the company providing aged care vaccines was not even contracted to give aged care workers their vaccine jabs shows what the Federal Government really thinks about aged care workers,” Ms Smith said. “Aged care workers were told they would be prioritised as 1A in the rollout from February 22 – but our own survey of 254 aged care workers in April showed 85 per cent had not received their first vaccine. “Aged care workers in South Australia in April were reporting that after their first Pfizer vaccine, they were being told to seek vaccines from GPs – putting them at risk of getting mixed vaccine doses. “We now understand why this […]
June 2, 2021


Urgent plans for South Australian aged care workers to be banned from aged care facilities until they are vaccinated is a case of workers being punished for the bungled aged care vaccination rollout, United Workers Union said today. “The South Australian aged care workforce bans that have been flagged with unions and aged care providers will be disastrous for older Australians in aged care facilities,” Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director of United Workers Union said today. “Aged care workers are once again carrying the can for the Federal Government’s bungles – and now they face draconian SA Government measures that will hit older Australians hard.” In meetings between SA Health, unions and aged care providers yesterday (EDS: Tuesday, June 1), SA Health outlined changes to the SA Government’s Aged Care Emergency Management Direction. The main change will be to ban aged care workers who work two jobs from providing aged […]
June 1, 2021


Federal Government attempts to shift the blame for the failed aged care vaccination program on to aged care workers are nothing short of despicable, United Workers Union Aged Care Director Carolyn Smith said today. “It is disgraceful that aged care workers are being dragged into an argument about whether vaccinations should be made mandatory,” Ms Smith said. “The truth of the matter is aged care workers have been left out of the vaccination program altogether – they simply have not had the option of getting the vaccine at all. “Health Minister Greg Hunt and Prime Minister Scott Morrison are making a political play to escape responsibility for their failed aged care vaccination program. “Given what we are once again seeing in aged care in Victoria, states outside Victoria should be rightly concerned that aged care workers across the country are largely unvaccinated. “We are risking a national tragedy when Aged […]
May 30, 2021

Scott Morrison once again abandons Victorian workers

Victorian workers across the state are doing the right thing and staying home if they are unable to work due to public health advice, but they are being left without the support they need by the Morrison Federal Government. Quotes attributed to Susie Allison, United Workers Union Victorian Secretary: “The dangerous failures of the Commonwealth Government are hurting working people.” “JobKeeper should never have ended when it did. The pandemic is not over and the support for workers shouldn’t have been ripped away, it was a shocking and cruel decision. “Workers may not have been in this position if Scott Morrison did not bungle the roll-out of the vaccines, and the Government took on their responsibility to build a fit-for-purpose quarantine system.” “Not only has this Government failed to do anything about the scourge of insecure work in our communities, but they’ve also now left casual workers without a safety […]
May 25, 2021


WHEN: TODAY 1:20pm Tuesday 25 May 2021 VISUALS: WA health workers will be rallying out front of the WA Industrial Relations Commission WHY: Multiple employers in WA Health are in breach of their enterprise agreement by failing to give permanent and secure jobs to health workers WHERE: WA Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC), 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000 WHAT: The United Workers Union (UWU) and the Health Services Union of Western Australia (HSUWA) will attend a hearing in the WA Industrial Relations Commission   WA health workers will rally outside the WA Industrial Relations Commission today. United Workers Union and the Health Services Union of WA have applied to the WA Industrial Commission to enforce an agreement which instructed that State health providers must provide secure and permanent jobs for eligible workers. One in three public sector health workers such as hospital cleaners, nurses, health professionals and orderlies are […]
May 24, 2021


Spotless Services, which relied on vital Defence Force support staff working throughout Covid-19, has left contract cleaners, groundskeepers and range operators at RAAF Garbutt and Lavarack Barracks in Townsville with no choice but to walk off the job today. “The lack of gratitude for these vital Defence Force support staff is astonishing,” said Damien Davie, United Workers Union Property Services spokesperson. “When it was the height of Covid-19 it was all hands on deck and these workers showed up every single day to keep the Defence Force response rolling through the pandemic. “Yet when it comes to showing them the least amount of respect or giving these workers a fair pay rise, Spotless Services just shuts up shop.” Workers are calling on their contractor to deliver a fair pay deal, an offer that recognises the value of their work, after Spotless put a miserly 2 per cent on the table. […]
May 7, 2021


The Australia Institute’s Centre for Future Work report on aged care funding reveals once again the terrible human cost paid for years of neglect, Carolyn Smith, Aged Care Director of United Workers Union, said today. “The report’s finding that $10 billion in aged care funding each year is necessary to meet Royal Commission recommendations is an appalling indictment on the treatment of older Australians,” Ms Smith said. “It is the same figure the Royal Commission reached when it found Federal Government funding in 2018-19 was $9.8 billion lower annually than it should be if aged care had not suffered cutback after cutback. “This report explains why aged care workers are left in tears after their shifts. “The $10 billion annual funding shortfall is leading to horrendous human costs in aged care, with older Australians left unsafe and vulnerable, and workers left physically and emotionally exhausted. “The report once again underlines […]