United Workers Union accuses Eldercare of sacking employees who work at other facilities

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The South Australian Not For Profit has been forced on the defensive after the workers’ union alleged that the provider had told workers that they must resign from their position if they have another aged care job.

The UWU stated that Eldercare had told workers that they would not able to remain on unpaid leave if they nominated an alternative primary employer, which is required under current COVID-19 restrictions.

But Eldercare says they have not required any of their employees to resign – and they are simply following directions by the State Government to prevent workers working across multiple sites.

“Government directions currently prevent personal carers from working with Eldercare if they are also working at another Residential Aged Care provider,” CEO Jane Pickering (pictured above) told us.

“There are employees who have not been working with Eldercare for the past three months because they elected to instead work at other Aged Care providers.”

“We have recently contacted these employees to ask their intentions regarding returning to work with Eldercare. “

“This included inviting employees to request a further period of leave from Eldercare based on personal circumstances.”

Ms Pickering added that they value both their workforce and their residents – and they need to consider their continuity of care.

“Continuity of care is best achieved with a stable, committed workforce, and wherever possible we seek to ensure that our workforce is ready and available to provide care to our residents.”

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Lauren is the Editor at DCM Group and has guided its range of media including The Weekly SOURCE, The Daily RESOURCE and The Donaldson Sisters since 2016. With 13 years’ experience as a journalist, editor and commentator, Lauren is the only journalist to have attended every session of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, producing 300 issues of the subscriber-only The Daily COMMISSION which offers exclusive insights and analysis of the issues surrounding the Royal Commission and the aged care sector.