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To: Richard Colbeck - The Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians

The Aged Care Retention Payment must be extended to ALL aged care workers!

The retention payment for aged care workers is great news.

But carers aren't alone on the front lines. Cleaners, cooks, laundry workers, admin workers, therapists - all workers in the aged care sector deserve recognition.

The COVID-19 virus will not discriminate between carers and kitchen staff, between permanent, agency or casual employees, in aged care facilities, all workers in the sector should receive this payment.

The Health Services Union and United Workers Union have written to the Minister to demand that this payment is extended to all aged care workers - but we need your help!

All aged care workers are saving lives, right now. We are proud to fight with you - SIGN THIS PETITION to support all aged care workers on the front lines!

Why is this important?

The retention payment for aged care workers was great news.

But it has been flawed from the start by limiting the payment to ‘direct care workers’ only.

Carers aren't alone on the front lines. Cleaners, cooks, laundry workers, admin workers, therapists - all workers in the aged care sector deserve recognition.

The COVID-19 virus will not discriminate between carers and kitchen staff, between permanent, agency or casual employees, in aged care facilities, all workers in the sector should receive this payment.

And now the Minister has backflipped on his earlier promise that the retention payment would be tax-free. So he has failed by not extending the payment to all workers and now he wants to take money off others.

The Health Services Union and United Workers Union have already written to the Minister to demand that this payment is extended to all aged care workers - but we need your help to make Richard Colbeck do right by every worker!

We want the full retention payment as promised to go to every aged care worker.

All aged care workers are saving lives, right now. We are proud to fight with you - SIGN THIS PETITION to support all aged care workers on the front lines!

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Reasons for signing

  • As I am also a essential worker and work on age care as a cleaner and it’s not fair for us so .
  • I work in the hospitality side. We feed the residents directly in a dining room. We help them sit and get up. Assist with cutting up of meals and encouraging residents to eat. We do jobs outside of our roles to assist residents where asked. We make sure their rooms are clean and that the building is sanitised daily. The government is saying that we just aren’t important. Only the care staff are important. It’s a slap in the face. I go to work everyday to look after the elderly.
  • We are a team working together to keep our residents save. We all do different things to help keep our residents save. We attend to their needs,we prepare food for the,feed them,clean their rooms,do their washing,have 1 on 1 with them from lifestyle etc. So we are ALL frontliners.

Updates

2020-04-10 15:49:19 +1000

10,000 signatures reached

2020-04-02 11:28:07 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-03-30 18:41:32 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-03-30 17:30:08 +1100

500 signatures reached

2020-03-27 21:13:04 +1100

100 signatures reached

2020-03-27 19:32:45 +1100

50 signatures reached

2020-03-27 17:58:49 +1100

25 signatures reached

2020-03-27 16:25:22 +1100

10 signatures reached