Workers protest disability care privatisation at Mount Hutton

CONCERNED: Karen O'Neill and Bob Nelson at the rally at Mount Hutton last week.

CONCERNED: Karen O'Neill and Bob Nelson at the rally at Mount Hutton last week.

DISABILITY Care workers continued their protests against state government plans to privatise ageing disability and home care provision, holding a rally in Mount Hutton last week.

The workers plan to stage a number of rallies across the region over the next few months in protest over changes of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Rally organiser Ron Hunter said there were 50 group homes run by Ageing, Disability and Home Care that could be handed over to the private sector.

"It's a dreadful waste of public money," he said. "These homes are very valuable and we are gifting them to private organisations."

He said the families of the people being cared for did not want them privatised.

Hunter Disability Support Group chairman Graham Burgess said the government's plans were a "bad design" for disability care.

"There will be no microscope on these private companies," he said.

"Most people with a disability won't realise what's happened until their conditions and privileges disappear," he said.

The NSW government said the non-government sector already accounted for 60 per cent of the state's disability services.

It said up to 25,000 jobs could be created by the NDIS by 2018.

The government has guaranteed that state employees will transfer to the non-government sector on the same terms and conditions that are in their awards now, and with all their leave and other entitlements preserved.

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