Value care staff
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