Health Services Union criticises single-site policy for workers

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Secretary of the Health Workers Union, Diana Asmar, criticised measures to discourage aged care workers employed across multiple sites, saying there was “no consultation” with the union.

“Over half of the aged care members we represent are casual or part-time, which is reflective of the broader industry,” Ms Asmar told the ABC.

“Working across multiple worksites for multiple employers is widespread, particularly amongst kitchen and food staff, cleaners and leisure and lifestyle workers.”

Ms Asmar said new measures will see workers, “forced onto the poverty line” and has created, “uncertainty for the industry and anxiety for thousands of low-paid aged are workers”.

She also called on the Government to provide more PPE for aged care workers.

The Health Workers Union lodged a legal challenge in the Federal Circuit Court on Friday to stop not-for-profit Mecwacare from sacking its employees if they work for a second employer.