COVID-19 ‘laid bare’ aged care crisis

Striking aged care workers are after “all the things the Royal Commission said should happen,” according to the United Workers Union Director Carolyn Smith.  “We're after more staff;  that is the number one claim for workers,” Ms Smith told Sky News Australia.  “They want decent pay – they're not being greedy;  they just want enough money to actually be able to live on.  “They also want reliable, permanent jobs."Ms Smith said strike action would commence “in the next few weeks”.  “Australians would know that aged care has been in crisis for many years now.  “I think Covid has laid that crisis bare and really exposed the real problems in aged care.”

Striking aged care workers are after “all the things the Royal Commission said should happen,” according to the United Workers Union Director Carolyn Smith. “We’re after more staff; that is the number one claim for workers,” Ms Smith told Sky News Australia. “They want decent pay – they’re not being greedy; they just want enough money to actually be able to live on. “They also want reliable, permanent jobs.” Ms Smith said strike action would commence “in the next few weeks”. “Australians would know that aged care has been in crisis for many years now. “I think Covid has laid that crisis bare and really exposed the real problems in aged care.” Striking aged care workers are after “all the things the Royal Commission said should happen,” according to the United Workers Union Director Carolyn Smith. “We’re after more staff; that is the number one claim for workers,” Ms Smith told Sky News Australia.”They want decent pay – they’re not being greedy; they just want enough money to actually be able to live on. “They also want reliable, permanent jobs.” Ms Smith said strike action would commence “in the next few weeks.” “Australians would know that aged care has been in crisis for many years now.” I think Covid has laid that crisis bare and really exposed the real problems in aged care. ”

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