Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Aged Care Staff Fear for Jobs as Beds Go

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Aged Care Staff Fear for Jobs as Beds Go

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Byline: ZANE JACKSON zane.jackson@qt.com.au

STAFF at the Blue Care Brassall Village aged care facility are considering industrial action after news bed numbers at the home will be cut and workers' hours slashed.

Australian Workers Union organiser Wayne Mills said domestic staff at the facility were facing a massive cut in hours and were concerned for the welfare of the facilities' residents.

"Our workers were only told recently that eight beds will go from the facility and their hours would be reduced - way more than you would expect to make up for the reduction in beds," Mr Mills said.

"Blue Care are having discussions with the AWU, but we are still concerned about the future of our staff and the level of care that the remaining residents there will receive."

He said workers would meet

at the MiHi Tavern this Wednesday at 6pm to discuss the possibility of taking industrial action should negotiations with Blue Care fail.

Blue Care director of residential services Richard Olley said the group was ensuring the future of its Brassall Village facility by transferring some bed licences to its Lauriston Ipswich facility. …

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