Government to call for ‘meaningful’ pay rise for workers

Unions are pushing for a 25 per cent pay increase for aged care workers (Bigstock)

The Albanese Government will call for a “meaningful” pay rise for aged care workers in its submission to the independent wages umpire, but has stopped short of nominating a specific dollar figure. Source: ABC News.

The Fair Work Commission is considering a case brought forward by the unions, which are calling for a 25 per cent pay increase for 200,000 residential and home care workers.

Aged Care Minister Anika Wells said while the Government would push for a pay rise in its Fair Work submission today, it would not call for a specific wage increase.

“We support a significant, meaningful pay rise,” she told Sky News yesterday. “We haven’t put a number to it because traditionally governments don’t put numbers to it, that is for the commission to decide exactly what percentage the work value case is worth.

“But we have agreed we will fund it, no matter what the decision.”

Increasing the pay of aged care workers was one of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s final report last year.

Since that report was released, unions and industry groups have argued the pandemic has exacerbated funding and workforce issues, and say pay increases are needed to attract and retain skilled workers.

Ms Wells said a permanent wage hike was desperately needed.

“The number one issue that everybody wants to talk to me about in aged care is workforce shortages, we need to do something to value aged care workers better and that starts with a pay rise,” she said.


Federal government to advocate for ‘meaningful’ pay rise for aged care workers in wages submission (By Stephanie Dalzell, ABC News)

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