1,000 signatures reached
To: Premier Daniel Andrews and Disability Minister Martin Foley.
Protect Disability Care
* Keep your election promise and reverse the privatisation of public disability
* Guarantee job security and wages and conditions for Victorian public disability workers
* Minimise impacts and disruption on workers and clients from any changes resulting from transition to the NDIS
* Ensure ongoing quality service provision through better quality service safeguards and training for staff
Why is this important?
What is the government doing?
The Victorian Labor Government has announced an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the provision of the Victorian public disability services. Taking the next step toward privatisation of the sector. The Labor Government’s privatisation agenda is a breach of the Labor Party platform, and a broken election promise.
What does this mean for workers?
There are currently over 5000 public disability workers who are already very low paid, privatising these jobs will see wages cut by up to 30% and huge cuts to conditions and a loss of job security. The disability workforce is dominated by hard working women, who have fought for many years to win important protections offered by the public sector EBA.
What does this mean for people with a disability who live in public services?
This will mean that current residents of Victorian public disability services will HAVE NO CHOICE but to be moved into the private/not for profit sector, where there is a higher turn around of staff, much less supervision, less support and less funding.
The private/ngo sector at a glance:
No minimum shift length
No minimum hours required in permanent contracts
Minimum maternity leave provisions
No EBA Health and Safety protections
No discipline processes
No family violence leave
No recognition of qualifications
No career structures
How it will be delivered
We will demand a meeting with the Premier, Daniel Andrews, to deliver the petition and speak about what privatisation will mean for workers, people with disabilities, and the community