The aged care union, United Voice, has won secure hours, pay and compensation for its members working at the Churches of Christ Carramar Aged Care Service.
Aged care workers at Carramar had faced cuts of up to 25 hours or $542 each fortnight under a new rostering system the church-based organisation tried to introduce when the centre moved location.
Local United Voice spokesperson Diann Fenwick said workers had joined together with the support of their union to protect their jobs and entitlements.
“Everyone deserves a job they can count on, so they can put food on the table and pay the bills,” Ms Fenwick said.
“Here in Stanthorpe, aged care workers have come together and stood up to management in the face of cuts that would have been devastating for local families,” she said.
“Not only have we been able to maintain existing hours and pay for workers, we’ve also won them back compensation for any hours they did lose during the transition to the new centre.
“This is a great outcome for our members, and I’m pleased Churches of Christ finally agreed to practice what they preach.”
Ms Fenwick said United Voice would continue to hold Churches of Christ to account, to protect the rights of workers.
“Our members have told us that significant changes to the care model and cleaning routine introduced by Churches of Christ are not sustainable,” she said.
“Workers are expected to perform the same amount of work in less time. It’s not achievable and we are concerned the elderly residents will suffer from these cut backs.
“We will continue to work through these issues with staff and Churches of Christ.”