Villa Carramar employees given assurances over hours and pay
WORKERS facing apparent pay and hour cuts at Villa Carramar have been dealt a reprieve, according to union, United Voice.
The aged care union claims to have “secured hours, pay and compensation” for its members working at the Churches of Christ’s Villa Carramar facility after it was announced last month that the organisation would shut its doors at the old Carramar site on College Rd.
Local United Voice spokeswoman Diann Fenwick said some staff were facing 25-hour cuts, or $542 pay each fortnight under a new rostering system.
“Here in Stanthorpe, aged care workers have come together and stood up to management in the face of cuts that would have been devastating for local families,” Ms Fenwick said.
“Not only have we been able to maintain existing hours and pay for workers, we’ve also won them back compensation for any hours they did lose during the transition to the new centre.”
Ms Fenwick said United Voice would continue to work with Churches of Christ.
“Our members have told us that significant changes to the care model and cleaning routine introduced by Churches of Christ are not sustainable,” she said.
“Workers are expected to perform the same amount of work in less time.
“It’s not achievable and we are concerned the elderly residents will suffer from these cut backs.”
However, Churches of Christ say there’s been minimal impact and staff weren’t being asked to do more for less.
“Of the over 130 staff now at the service, only four staff from the hospitality area have had a significant reduction to their working hours,” director of Seniors and Supported Living Bryan Mason said.
“The working hours of the staff who provide direct care to residents is actually above what was in place when staff and residents were across two service locations.”