“It is shocking that Blue Care would request all of its employees to register for the JobKeeper programme,” Jason Ward told Michael West Media. Ward is principal analyst, Centre for International Corporate Tax Accountability & Research (CICTAR) and has done work for the nurses union.
“Blue Care, the state’s largest aged care operator, is part of Uniting Care Queensland which is the state’s largest private sector employer. In 2019, Uniting Care Queensland, controlled by the Uniting Church, received over $600 million in government funding and has received additional government funding in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
“Its business has not faced any significant job losses due to the crisis, funding increases were to increase or maintain staffing. This action seems to represent opportunistic corporate greed rather than the stated mission of compassion, fairness and justice”.
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