Unions and aged care peak clash over timing of wage increases

Hon Anika Wells MP

In submissions to the Fair Work Commission (FWC), unions and the aged care provider peak body are in disagreement on the timing of wage increases.

Unions, including the Health Services Union (HSU), United Workers Union (UWU), and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), demand that pay rises for all aged care workers be fully implemented by June 30, 2024, rejecting the government’s phased approach.

They argue that any delay would continue the historic undervaluation of aged care work and exacerbate workforce retention challenges.

Conversely, the Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) supports the government’s proposal to phase in wage increases starting January 2025, citing viability and administrative reasons.

ACCPA CEO Tom Symondson has expressed concerns over funding and the sector’s ability to manage the increases without additional government support. ACCPA highlighted the need for the increases to align with the commencement of new funding to ensure sector sustainability.

The government has committed to funding the wage increases but proposed a staggered timeline.

The unions continue to push for immediate implementation…

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