Disability employees demand job security

Colac disability workers gathered at the Colanda Centre this week for a protest calling for job security.

Colac disability workers have rallied to call on the State Government to commit to more job security ahead of the closure of Colanda.

Colac’s Colanda Centre staff joined with staff from Colac’s community residential units on Wednesday for strike action.

Colanda’s 165 staff members are still unsure about the future of their jobs in the region along with workers in community residential

The State Government announced last year that the centre would close in 2019 and that it would build 15 supported houses to replace the centre.

Disability Minister Martin Foley informed staff in January that the government would build six of the houses in Colac, seven at Geelong and one each at Ballarat and Warrnambool.

The Health and Community Services Union has voiced concerns about the possibility of the government privatising the state’s disability services, and union officials believe the government could be planning to move away from a public disability model.

Colac’s six new residential houses will provide homes for 35 Colanda residents and jobs for 40 to 45 support workers, with 42 residents and about 120 jobs moving outside of Colac.

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