The Health Services Union (HSU) has filed an additional application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to include home care workers in the work value case aimed at lifting aged care wages by 25%.
If the HSU claim succeeds, it would take the wages for an entry level home care worker employed in aged care from $21.35 to $26.69 per hour.
Home care workers are employed under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability (SCHADS) Award rather than the Aged Care Award, so a separate application had to be made.
“Home care workers are essential to allowing older Australians to remain in their homes for longer,” said HSU National Secretary Lloyd Williams.
“The current wages are a significant barrier to attracting and retaining skilled workers and growing the workforce.”