During this unprecedented time, ASU members who work in Out of Home Care have faced issues around personal safety and leave entitlements.

Some of the issues faced by members have created potential threats to their safety at work including lack of soap and sanitiser in houses, lack of masks and gloves, and generally poor communication about how workers would be protected while at work.

In many organisations, ASU delegates and Health and Safety Representatives have been working through these issues to make sure problems are rectified as soon as possible.

Improvements the ASU has won for Out of Home Care workers, in a range of workplaces, in the last few weeks include:

  • Paid special leave for those working in residential, after hours and refuge roles. Including paid leave for those requiring testing, and 14 additional paid days for those required to self-isolate.
  • Properties being made available to allow for any young person who is required to self-isolate to be separated from other young people, to be supported by dedicated, on-site carers.
  • Additional staffing on shifts to support existing staff and manage escalating behaviours
  • Increased cleaning hours to ensure a deep clean, every day, 7 days per week.
  • Non-contact thermometers being distributed to worksites

These were significant wins ensuring health and safety is a priority during this pandemic. It shows that it pays to be a member of your union!

For more detailed information on staying safe during COVID-19 in Out of Home Care, visit these links:
https://www.asuvictas.com.au/important-community-sector-guides-covid-19/
https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/prevention-and-management-exposure-coronavirus-covid-19-healthcare-and-social-assistance-industry

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