My Job Counts Rally
Hundreds rally for supported employment
The Mai-Wel Group, together with Access Industries and Delando gathered in Turner Rest Park, Maitland on Monday 20th November, to show support for the jobs of supported employees across Australia.
Anthony Rohr, Mai-Wel General Manager led the rally and interviewed supported employees from Mai-Wel and Access Industries, who proudly told the crowd what they love about their jobs and why supported employment should stay.
Guest speaker, Mary-Lou Carter from Our Voice Australia (a disability family advocacy group) enthused the crowds with her inspiring speech. Finally the crowd heard from parents Kelly Olden, Caroline Williams, Kerri Frogley and Pennie Kearney, Mai-Wel CEO on the value of supported employment.
The rally was held to lobby Government to commit to securing supported employees jobs, after proposed actions in the Fair Work Commission placed supported employment in jeopardy.
The Fair Work Commission is currently reviewing the way wages are paid for supported employees who work for disability enterprises. Nationally, more than 20,000 people with a disability are employed by a disability enterprise.
Disability enterprises receive government funding to support people with disabilities. The level of funding depends on how much support the employee needs at work. Employees are paid a pro rata wage rate. At Mai-Wel that rate is based on skills, competency and productivity. But under a proposed model that has been supported by the Federal Government and some disability advocates, supported employees would be paid solely based on productivity, which could make Disability Enterprises, like Mai-Wel, unviable and unable to continue operation.
How can you help?
You can show your support and help protect the jobs of workers with a disability by writing a letter to the local federal MPs; HonJoel Fitzgibbon MP and Ms Meryl Swanson MP. We encourage you to join Our Voice Australia by visiting www.ourvoiceaustralia.org.au. Membership is free and it is the easiest way to support your family member with disability.
To read more about the proposed actions and consequences, please click here.