Value care staff

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

AS gov­ern­ment and providers grap­ple with the dilemma of vis­i­tor ac­cess to nurs­ing homes, nurses and car­ers con­tinue to be poorly paid.

At the royal com­mis­sion, coun­sel as­sist­ing has ar­gued that en­ter­prise bar­gain­ing has failed to de­liver wage jus­tice for them and that pub­lic gov­ern­ment sup­port for wage increases is essential for suc­cess.

The com­mu­nity now ap­pre­ci­ates anew the value of car­ing work, so the Gov­ern­ment should step up and sup­port wage increases be­fore the Fair Work Com­mis­sion.

Fur­ther, if it is con­vinced that providers truly can­not af­ford to pay, Gov­ern­ment should of­fer sub­si­dies tied un­am­bigu­ously to wage increases.

In the mean­time, re­mu­ner­a­tion for se­nior man­agers usu­ally re­mains se­cret.

CAROL WIL­LIAMS, Elder Care Watch, Black­burn, Vic

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