Council chaos continues: Home care cuts now on hold

Hobsons Bay Councillors on decision day for home care cuts

Hobsons Bay City Council’s plans to outsource in-home aged care services are on hold after the council failed to reach a binding decision last night.

Potentially affected council staff met with council management today to hear the outcome of Council’s in camera decision on outsourcing in-home aged care services.

But rather than gaining an understanding of their employment future, in-home aged care workers were left with no concrete information about their futures.

Australian Services Union branch secretary Lisa Darmanin said council’s inability to come to a binding position was a clear signal that there is dissent amongst councillors.

“We will redouble our efforts to convince councillors that in-home aged care is an essential service that should be delivered by council,” Ms Darmanin said.

“Last night councillors were advised that Council’s operational surplus for the current financial year had increased by more than $6 million to $23.32 million and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office has previously reported on the strong financial position of Hobsons Bay.”

“Any claim by councillors or council officers that this decision was needed to protect Council’s financial stability is just not true.”

“The high regard in the community for council in-home aged care services is solely due to the outstanding home care workers at councils.”

“The ASU will be using every day until this returns to the council chamber to fight for job security for in-home aged care workers at Hobsons Bay,” Ms Darmanin said.

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