After last week’s Fair Work announcement that aged care Awards would be updated to include paid pandemic leave, we wrote to your boss calling on them to commit to adopt the changes, and you can read the letter here.
Remember, award changes only affect award employees, whereas most Tasmanian workers are on enterprise agreements, and this means employers need to come to the table to ensure all staff – including casuals – have the protections afforded by the award entitlements.
OneCare have now written back and you can read their response here.
Disappointingly they’ve said no to adopting the award changes but will consider individual applications on a case-by-case basis. OneCare do offer 20 days personal leave, while the award only gives 10, but a number of other aged care employers with 20 days personal leave have signed up, including the biggest providers – Southern Cross Care and Uniting AgeWell.
We'll be voicing our concerns to the Tasmanian community this week, calling on all aged care providers to sign up to these vital changes. After all, these changes are for not only workers, but the safety of residents and the community. We don’t want to see another outbreak in Tasmania or anything like the current aged care situation in Victoria - it’s time for paid pandemic leave.