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, so this means employers need to come to the table to ensure all staff – including casuals – have the protections afforded by the award entitlements.
Despite its $50 million profit last financial year, Regis have said they won’t be adopting paid pandemic leave at this stage, and this comes after the biggest aged care providers in the state, Southern Cross Care and Uniting AgeWell, have said yes to paid pandemic leave. Don’t forget, not only are these providers non-profit, they give workers 20 days personal leave already, unlike the 10 days Regis offers.
We're calling Regis out for this shameful behaviour and will 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 not only for workers, but for 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, where Regis Brighton has seen three deaths and 40 people infected.
Now is the time for paid pandemic leave at Regis Tasmania.