On 23 October, a group of seven ADHC employees who are PSA members from the Sydney Local Campaign Action Group, came to the Unions NSW to address the weekly meeting about the rally on 13 November.
You can read her speech here:
Protection of the disadvantaged is the role of government if nothing else – so why are our clients, their families and we being jettisoned into the private sector?
Aging Disability and Home Care (ADHC) clients with disabilities, their families and the workers who support them to have better lives will be much worse-off unless this cynical and ideological privatisation is stopped.
The NDIS was introduced to improve choice, funding and quality of services available to people with disabilities.
Naturally – and it almost goes without saying – we support the principles of this important reform and improved funding and services for all people with disabilities.
But why the privatisation circus?
Not only is the NDIS – which is heralded as improving choice for clients – being used by the Government to narrow choice, but their ‘high-wire hypocrisy’ is being performed without a safety-net.
As if life was wasn’t tough enough for our clients and their families, how will they manage the inexperienced providers and carers, potential relocations, and inadequate infrastructure wrought by privatisation?
What about clients in rural and regional areas where NGOs don’t and won’t go?
What about clients with high and/or complex needs that NGOs will not accept?
The Government has also failed to commit to protect our job security, wages, conditions and entitlements.
Under the NSW NDIS Enabling Legislation 2013, we’ll be forced to transfer to an NGO without any job security or other entitlements.
We fill around half of the disability jobs in NSW, yet job insecurity may cause us to look for other work, lead to staff shortages and perplexingly leave the sector unable to deliver services that are actually heralded to grow under the NDIS.
It makes no sense to me at all.
Our clients and their families must be able to continue to choose ADHC as their provider of choice.
NDIS money must be spent directly on clients not ‘shifted’ and wasted, transferring what exists in ADHC to a less regulated and less experienced sector.
Our job security, pay, conditions and entitlements must be protected regardless.
Shame on the NSW Government for using the NDIS as a Trojan Horse to sell-off disability services.
Our clients, their families, we ADHC Disability Support Workers and taxpayers – the NDIS levy payers – deserve so much better than this.
Please help us stop a service delivery and workforce calamity in NSW Disability & Home Care Services by supporting our campaign including our rally at Parliament on 13 November.