More than 40 aged care workers at Churches of Christ Carramar Aged Care Service face cuts to hours and pay under new rosters that will kick in over Easter when the centre moves location.
Under the new rosters, an environmental services worker responsible for cleaning, laundry and kitchen work could have up to 25 hours, or $542, per fortnight slashed.
Local United Voice spokesperson Diann Fenwick said workers had the rug pulled out from under them when management gave them just a month’s notice of the significant changes.
“Our local aged care workers do a tremendous job, caring for our elderly and making sure their living conditions are up to scratch,” Ms Fenwick said.
“This is a slap in the face for our local aged care workers, who rely on their income to put food on the table and pay their bills.
“It’s not what the people of Stanthorpe expect from a church-based organisation at this time of year. Isn’t Easter meant to be about new beginnings, not tragic endings?
“Shift lengths are being slashed from eight down to five hours. Some workers are facing a pay cut of up to $271 a week - that is someone’s rent. It’s just not right.
“What’s worse is that despite knowing this move is coming, centre management has left it to the last minute to reveal these horrible cuts.
“The community already feels let down by the Council, and now the church has let them down too.
“We’re calling on management to practice what they preach and do the right thing by their workers. It’s time for Churches of Christ to step up and guarantee that workers won’t be worse off once they move to the new centre.
“The current centre was built in 1974 by our community, for our community, and it has served us well. Our whole community will suffer if these cruel cuts are allowed to go ahead.”