The ASU has been informed that tomorrow evening Murrindindi Councillors will make a decision regarding the future delivery of Council’s care services.

Council has indicated that their decision is based on funding uncertainty and concerns about Competitive Neutrality Policy. The ASU does not believe that these are justifications for the decision to withdraw from essential care services and put the well-being of elderly residents care at risk.

The ASU understands the impact of funding uncertainty on Councils but also knows that it is widely understood that further funding will be available. The National ALP Platform commits a future Federal Labor government to extending block funding through a transitional phase.

The Victorian State Government is committed to an exemption from competitive neutrality for Councils who remain aged care providers.

The ASU strongly advocates that Councils remain aged care service providers as they offer high quality, well regulated and trusted services. Good working conditions achieved by ASU members over many years have provided secure work with good wages and conditions. This is turn has provided the Murrindindi community with a stable and consistent service.

Council’s report on the proposal indicates that maintaining their service role;

has intrinsically less risk in relation to disruption to current clients & staff and ensuring service quality & access across the shire.’

As Council’s role is to act in the best interests of its community, we strongly urge Councillors to vote to defer their decision until after the outcomes of the Aged Royal Commission are known and new Federal policy settings are in place.

The ASU believes that there has been insufficient information provided to date about the impact of the decision on employees for Councillors to properly consider this or for the ASU to assist members.  The ASU has written to Councillors about their concerns about the decision and will be communicating our concerns to your CEO.

We urge you to discuss these matters in your community and encourage friends, neighbours and family to attend the Council meeting on Wednesday evening to voice their concerns.

Date: Wednesday 27 March
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Council Chamber, Murrindindi Shire Council, Yea

For further information please contact
ASU Organiser Martin McDonald | 0418 513 379 | mmcdonald@asuvictas.com.au

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