Good news for sacked HACC team of 35 workers

EDITORIAL: The future of 35 Fraser Coast health workers, whose jobs will be axed on Friday, is clearer now thanks to resolution of a political impasse that effectively blocked their re-employment.

The Home and Community Care workers whose roles have been outsourced by the State Government were left in the lurch, ironically by a Federal legislative provision actually designed to protect public servants like them.

On Thursday, the Chronicle called for State Health Minister Lawrence Springborg and Federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten to stop political point-scoring and give the workers some certainty before the axe fell.

A representative for Mr Shorten then said the workers would be able to negotiate a new enterprise agreement with a private employer - in this case the not-for-profit organisation Ozcare which was recently awarded the outsourced contract. (Report, P3)

The Fair Work Commission could then make orders to vary terms and conditions to suit the new employer's working arrangements.

It is now down to the workers themselves and to Ozcare, whose community care manager, Damian Foley, has committed to providing a "seamless" transition as it takes over the state contract.

We wish them all the best.



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