While many people have been holidaying, ASU members have been working to bring together community and political support for council home care service and workers.
The ASU has called for meetings with councillors to make sure that the employees’ representatives’ perspective on subcontracting has been heard.
Please join us at Council meetings to support the aged care workforce when councillors will be making a decision about the future of your community’s aged care services.
- Hobsons Bay Council,12 February, 6.15pm
- Maribyrnong Council, 19 February, 5.45pm
We believe that subcontracting is bad for care, bad for the community, and bad for workers. ASU branch secretary Lisa Darmanin, lead organiser Jane Karslake and ASU members have met with:
- Katie Hall MP, member for Footscray
- Ingrid Stitt MLC, member for Western Metropolitan
- Melissa Horne MP, member for Williamstown
- Tim Watts MP, member for Gellibrand
- And held discussions with the office of Bill Shorten the Federal Opposition Leader
Support for councils maintaining their role in aged care has been evident in all discussions.
As the dates for Council meetings get closer, friends, family and community members are writing letters and calling to councillors to let them know council care is an essential service.
- funding for council aged is secure until June, 2020 and it is widely expected to be extended.
- the ASU was successful in gaining commitments for a continuation of block funding for home care in the ALP national platform
- with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety underway, now is not the time to subcontract aged care.
Most importantly we know that council care has delivered and continues to deliver on its most important objective which is to keep our seniors living with dignity safe at home.
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