Monday’s Productivity Commission’s report, Caring for Older Australians, reiterates United Voice’s claims that aged care workers are low paid and that these low wages are the reason for workforce shortages.
The report recommends that it may be more cost effective for providers to invest in higher wages, rather than incur the costs associated with high turnover rates.
Following this point, United Voice, the aged care union, says any aged care reform must include improvements for the aged care workforce.
Catherine Zengerer caught up with Sue Lines, Assistant National Secretary for United Voice, to ask her what that means… but she also asked her to explain what some of the proposed changes to the aged care system are – as the key points seem to be around whether we have to sell the family home to pay for our care.
This interview first appeared on Your Rights at Night