Coalition: major cuts to aged care funding, no guaranteed wages

The Coalition’s Aged Care Policy shows major cuts to funding and no guaranteed wages for aged care nurses. In the first election debate on 11 August 2013, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said: “I accept that it (the Government’s Living Longer, Living Better aged care reforms) was quite a detailed set of changes … We have […]

Coalition aid cuts will hurt real lives

The Fred Hollows Foundation CEO Brian Doolan has responded to the Coalition’s proposed foreign aid cuts by highlighting the human cost. “Who is going to miss out on malaria treatment? Who will miss out on having their sight restored? These are cuts that will have a devastating impact on real lives,” Mr Doolan said. Shadow […]

Abbott to remove guaranteed pay rises for aged care

At Wednesday night’s third election debate, Coalition leader Tony Abbott said the delivery of improved wages for aged care workers should not be achieved through enterprise bargaining and should be put into a “general pool” of aged care funding instead. An enterprise bargaining agreement is the only way to legally guarantee that employers pass the […]

Business push to cut penalty rates: where does Abbott stand?

Today’s report by the Tourism and Transport Forum calling for penalty rates to be reduced for tourism operators is more evidence of a growing push by business to remove penalty rates, the ACTU said today. ACTU President Ged Kearney said the report ignored the economic benefits of penalty rates and the fact that many low-paid […]

Abbott tears up pay rise pact for aged-care workers

Unions fear low-paid workers in the aged care sector will miss out on pay rises secured by the Labor Government under Tony Abbott’s plans to give the money intended for workers direct to providers. Enterprise agreements were the best way to ensure the money flowed direct to workers and was not simply pocketed by employers, […]

Unions ask candidates to commit to penalty rates

The ACTU has written to all Liberal federal election candidates asking if they will commit to retaining penalty rates if they are elected after senior Liberals suggested there would be post-election cuts. ACTU President Ged Kearney said unions were reaching out to Liberal candidates as senior party officials were suggesting a Coalition Government would back […]

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