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News News Care Work shortage needs fair pay, not app

Yesterday the Barnett Government launched a job seeker phone app and highlighted the looming shortage of health and care workers in WA.  UnionsWA has today called on the Government address long-standing unfair pay as a more meaningful solution.

 

Meredith Hammat, President, UnionsWA said:

"The Government is right to identify the looming shortage of care workers in the health and social service sector, estimating growth of 6,100 jobs per year.

“The ageing of the population is an important driving factor.

“Fair pay for carers needs to be part of the solution.

“It is insulting to suggest that important workforce challenges can be met by a phone app. 

“Under the Fair Work Act those in the social service sector, many of whom are women, won an historic increase through the Pay Equity Case. 

“The Federal Government has provided funding of $1 billion to help charities meet the cost of improved wages.

"The Barnett Government has so far refused to fund their share of increases.

"If they are serious about meeting the service challenges of the future, specific funding to address poor and unequal pay is urgently needed.”

 

Additional Information:
‘Health and social care jobs boom predicted’ media release by Murray Cowper, Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services 11 August 2012.
http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Results.aspx?ItemID=150785

 
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