Last week the NSW Government passed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NSW Enabling) Bill. This legislation enables ADHC to privatise all of its services by 2018.
On Friday 1 November 2013 the New South Wales Government announced that it was going to move completely away from providing home care services. They have not given any more information about how and when that transition will happen although it is expected that it will occur sometime before the Federal Government changes the funding structure in 2015. For the moment your jobs will stay the same, but you need to work together to shape the future of home care in NSW.
More than ever it is essential that you get active in your Union - United Voice. This will be a campaign to ensure quality jobs for you and quality services for your clients. The work you do is so important to our community, but we can only succeed in the campaign if home care workers across the state come together in union.
Your union is part of the Unions NSW group negotiating with the Director General Michael Coutts Trotter and other senior FACS officials to work out the practical implications of these changes. This group will be meeting over the coming weeks and more information will be provided.
As the campaign to secure your jobs builds you need to ensure that your union can contact you easily, so make sure your membership details are up to date including your mobile number, home number, home address and email. You can click here to change your details. It is really important that you have a direct financial relationship with your Union no matter who you work for, so if you haven’t already; take a moment to change your union fee payment from Payroll Deduction to credit card or direct debit by calling our Membership team on 1800 805 027 and press 'option 2'.
What’s happening with wages?
United Voice has filed an application in the NSW Industrial Commission to vary the Care Worker Employee –Department of Family and Community Services – Ageing Disability and Home Care (State) Award 2012 and that application is listed for Hearing on 12 November 2012. The application seeks to increase rates of pay and all allowances (other than expense based allowances) by 2.27% backdated to 1 September 2013, is supported by Home Care, and we expect it will be granted at that time.
As part of the settlement an additional 0.23% will be available (again backdated to 1 September 2013) in the likely event the Unions NSW application to ensure public sector workers in NSW get the full benefit of the NSW government’s 2.5% wages cap is successful when heard later this month. The NSW Government’s opposition to awarding the full 2.5% increase is based on a claim that workers should pay from their own pockets for the additional 0.25% superannuation contribution mandated by the former Federal Government’s legislation effective from 1 July 2013.
If you have any questions regarding this announcement please contact our Member Service Centre on 1800 805 027