Ian’s response was that staff do have time to complete it and if there’s an issue with it then to discuss it with him.
Like most of the staff at Umina Park we're not overly happy with this response, particularly as some workers have since told us Ian said staff won’t be paid for the training if they did it at home because there wasn’t time to do it during an already busy shift.
This isn't good enough, so we've gone over Ian’s head and written to OneCare’s Acting CEO, Peter Williams.
We've advised Peter that Ian has asked staff to complete the training while on shift, and that while that may well work in theory it’s near impossible for staff to do this while already struggling to keep up with workload due to staff cut backs, and him that mandatory or compulsory training done by staff is to be in paid time and that includes training completed at home.
We asked Peter to investigate if staff are to complete training on shift and, if so, who'll be coming in to cover them while this is happening so as not to risk compromising resident care while they leave the floor short staffed.
We also asked that Peter confirm that staff will be paid for training while at work, home or otherwise.
Peter said he will look into this and get back to us next week, so we'll keep members updated.