With Melbourne Metro being declared a hot spot, additional funding and support is being made for residential care workers working across multiple facilities to consolidate their work in a single facility. Some employers are confusing this advice and directing home carers to do the same. This newsletter aims to provide clarity around what your rights are.
This direction does not apply to:
- Home carers who also work at a residential aged care facility
- Agency or surge workforces
- Or regional Victoria at the moment
For our members working in residential aged care with Glen Eira council, this arrangement is also voluntary, needs to be formalized in writing, and must not financially disadvantage you. If you are requested to work at a single site, make sure you raise this request through the Member Contact Centre.
If you work in community care and your employer is worried about COVID-19 transmission within your work, request they:
- Support staff better in accessing the COVID-19 vaccine by providing 1 paid time, travel time, and kms to attend your appointment (and subsequent ones). Also renumerate normal hours if the staff member becomes sick as a result.
- Reduce the use of agency staff by providing permanent staff with full hours or hiring additional permanent staff.
- Complete a risk assessment with your Health & Safety Representative which also accounts for sufficient supply of PPE such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.
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Join our ASU facebook group for local government aged care members at #LocalGovCares
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ASU Organiser Tuffy Morwitzer | firstname.lastname@example.org | 0490 450 169
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