Villa Car­ra­mar em­ploy­ees given as­sur­ances over hours and pay

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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