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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

  • Under COVID 19 pandemic, CHSP aged care workers have been delivering many services to support the elder people and people with disability to continue to live well and safe in their home and in their community. For example: Hot meals delivery (prepared and cooked in the daycare centre's kitchen), Hamper delivery, unaccompanied shopping, Health check call/video call service, Web and digital technology support etc.
  • In my job role I am just as much in close contact and doing difficult work in these unfortunate circumstances. I provide daily massages to residents to ease pain and provide relaxation. I can not be within a 1.5 distance away doing my job.
  • Bonus is too narrow, cleaning staff are vital in the provision of infection control through this period, without our Kitchen team who would feed our residents, without admin staff who would pay our suppliers to ensure that we have adequate PPE for care staff and food supplies to cook with and if how would our direct care staff receive their wages> The provision of services to our consumers is much more than direct care, with out the other support areas there would be no care delivery

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