Time for disability workers to be recognised

Posted on
April 9, 2020
Social Community and Disability Sector

This week HACSU stood up for the disability sector, leading the way for politicians and other decision makers to listen.

During this crisis disability services have been ignored by both federal and state governments, with all focus being on hospitals and aged care.

Hospitals and aged care are of course extremely important at this time, as is the vital work of supporting people with a disability.

This week HACSU, with support from other unions and employers represented by National Disability Service, wrote to the Attorney General and the Minister for Industrial Relations Christian Porter, as well as the Minister for the NDIS Stuart Roberts, calling on an urgent support package for disability services similar to the one announced for the aged care sector.

Our 4 key requests are:

• Two equal retention payments for disability workers worth over $1000 each to incentivise workers to remain in the sector

• The establishment of fund to provide paid training to disability service workers with specific training around COVID-19

• The payment of a 15% allowance for disability workers who support someone with COVID-19

• 10 days paid leave per occasion for workers who need to self-isolate

Read the letter and learn more here.

We are now lobbying hard for both the federal and state governments to implement these much-needed measures to ensure people with a disability get the support they need throughout the crisis. The package will also assist in stimulating the economy at this crucial time to ensure as many people as possible remain keep their jobs.

You can help us by continuing to support our online petition and sharing it among your colleagues, family and friends.

We thank you for the vital work you do supporting people with a disability in this challenging time.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

Social Community and Disability Sector