There's been a lot going on behind at the scenes at Southern Cross Care over the last few months.
Unfortunately, we've seen an unprecedented increase in the level of unfair dismissal and disciplinary matters across the state, with the organisation shamelessly targeting individuals for circumstances that are too often of SCC’s own making, and it feels like we've spent more days in the Fair Work Commission representing SCC staff than not this year, as the organisation pursues an unjustifiably hard-line approach to dealing with its own staff.
It would also appear that SCC has largely forgotten about the Royal Commission hearings, and workload and short-staffing now appears to be just as bad, if not worse, than during those times.
Meanwhile workplace health and safety procedures seem to have gone out the door, with even simple changes taking constant effort.
And what's the response been from Southern Cross?
Well, in response to us they’ve decided to spend money on legal fees instead of spending it on care.
They’ve lawyered up against HACSU and our organisers personally in the hope it would distract us from shining a light on the organisation’s shortcomings - well they’ve clearly got that wrong.
After meeting with the new CEO months ago to try and find a solution to these problems it's increasingly clear they don’t want to play ball, so we'll be taking it the board, the regulator and whoever we need to so we can get SCC to start caring again.