The ASU has stepped up its campaign to stop Councils outsourcing aged care services. Wherever privatisation has occurred, working Australians have suffered the consequences of poorer services and increased costs.
A Royal Commission into Aged Care has been called and a Federal Election imminent. Councils should be taking time to take stock and put services for the community first.
ASU Industry wide Aged Care Network
ASU Home Care workers meet regularly at the ASU to discuss industry issues and more recently discuss the Aged Care Campaign.
We encourage ASU Home Care workers to send a representative or two from their workforce to remain in the loop on the many issues and pressures being experienced by your workforce.
The next meeting will be at the ASU office on the 4 December from 6.00pm.
This will be the last meeting of the year so we hope to see you there!
Member activity and engagement in the campaign gives us cause to celebrate.
Please send through agenda items, RSVPs and apologies to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maribyrnong and Hobsons’ Bay
The ASU have stepped up to support fellow members at Maribyrnong and Hobsons’ Bay Councils where jobs are threatened with the outsourcing of home care services.
Dozens of members have attended Council meetings, assisted with getting petitions signed and doorknocked the community. Local State ALP candidates Melissa Horne, in Williamstown and Katie Hall in Footscray have indicated their support home care to remain in Council.
If you live in Hobson’s Bay or Maribyrnong, support members by taking this link to send a message to your Councillors about the importance and value of Council delivering aged care
Maribyrnong – https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/maribyrnong-home-support-services
Hobsons Bay – https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/hobsons-bay-home-support-services
Review of Darebin Council Aged Care Services
Darebin Council is currently undertaking a review of aged care services in their community and is calling for submissions from community members. Darebin residents please take this link and have your say https://www.yoursaydarebin.com.au/growingolder
Despite the review Darebin have indicated that they support the ASU’s positon of continuing block funding and are calling for the Commonwealth to delay funding reform until after the outcomes of the Royal Commission are known.
Business as Usual’ for Aged Care at the City of Greater Bendigo
The ASU has advocated for members about potential outsourcing of aged care with the City of Greater Bendigo.
Branch Co-Ordinator Michelle Jackson and Branch Organiser David Nunns attended a Council Meeting and were told by Mayor O’Rourke said that it is ‘business as usual’ and that the City are looking for certainly.
The CEO Craig Niemann and Mayor O’Rourke have recently visited Canberra and met with the Minister and Shadow Minister. This ‘business as usual’ approach is positive news, as it means no immediate threat to services.