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Mar 20, 2014

Privatisation under cover of NDIS: Disability workers fight for services

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Disability workers have have vowed to fight privatisation of government-owned disability services like group homes and respite services.

An emergency meeting of disability workers from the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care this week resolved to take all steps necessary – including industrial action – to make sure people with a disability continue to have access to public support services.

Public Service Association Assistant General Secretary Steve Turner said workers across the sector were disturbed the NSW Government was using the National Disability Insurance Scheme as a cover to cut jobs and reduce choice of services.

“There is strong support among disability workers for a National Disability Insurance Scheme that gives people with a disability quality services and real choice,” said Mr Turner.

“But dismantling publicly-run services and facilities; and losing experienced staff from the sector is not the way to go about it.

“In Newcastle, where the NDIS is starting to be rolled out, there is real distress in the community from families who rely on government-run disability services.

“We are looking for leadership from the O’Farrell Government in implementing a fair and effective NDIS that builds our disability services, not dismantles them.”

Last week in Newcastle, disability workers voted to implement work bans on the roll-out of the NDIS until they received guarantees around services and jobs.

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