57 new agreements

Protection at 220 workplaces in aged care

NSWNA negotiates 57 new agreements in aged care, winning leading pay and conditions at more than 220 workplaces.

A fifth of NSW aged care workplaces working in aged care have won significant pay rises and improved conditions, with 57 employers signing up to new agreements in the past month.

The new agreements are based on the template agreement negotiated between Aged and Community Services (NSW) (ACS), the NSWNA and the Health Services Union (HSU) in July 2009.

The new work laws have allowed the NSWNA to negotiate a multi-employer agreement with 47 aged care providers, covering nurses at 220 facilities. Under the old WorkChoices, agreements had to be negotiated site by site with individual employers. Ten aged care employers have also signed single employer agreements (see table below).

At the time of printing, most of the 57 agreements had been put to vote and accepted by nurses working at the facilities.

The new agreements deliver a pay rise of 3% from the first pay period after 1 July 2009, and a further pay rise of 3% from 1 July 2010. An RN8 under this agreement is paid 6% more than those working for most for-profit employers who have not negotiated Enterprise Agreements.

Importantly, the new agreements include a commitment to reasonable workloads and provide a process to manage workloads. They also include nine weeks’ paid maternity and adoption leave and one weeks’ paid paternity leave.

The 47 employers who have signed the new agreements are amongst the biggest employers in aged care, and most took up the previous ACS template agreement in 2007.

NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda said these employers are to be congratulated for giving their staff the recognition they deserve with a good agree-ment that offers fair pay and conditions.

‘They will become employers of choice in the aged care sector. There’s a chronic shortage of nurses in aged care. Nurses will choose to work for employers who offer the fairest pay and conditions.

‘These 57 new agreements based on the ACS agreement set a benchmark in the sector and employers who fail to meet these standards will lose staff,’ said Judith.

‘Overall, not-for-profit employers who are ACS members are paying more and offering better conditions than for-profit employers. The pressure is now on the for-profit providers to negotiate fair agreements with the NSWNA.’

New aged care employers on board

  • Abel Tasman Village Association Limited
  • Adelene Retirement Village
  • Australian Nursing Home Foundation Limited
  • Bega & District Nursing Home Ltd
  • Berrigan and District Aged Care Association Limited
  • Bethshan Ministries Limited
  • Chatswood Community Care Association Limited
  • Christian Brethren Community Services
  • Clarence Village Association
  • Coleambally Aged Persons Accommodation Association Incorporation
  • Coonamble Hostel Association
  • Cowra Retirement Village Ltd
  • Deniliquin Nursing Home Foundation Limited
  • Denman and District Retirement Centre Association
  • Garden Village Port Macquarie
  • Gunnedah Aged Care Services Limited
  • Harbison Memorial Retirement Village
  • Haven Community Incorporated (The)
  • Hunter Housing Inc
  • Imlay District Nursing Home Ltd
  • Juliana Village Association Ltd
  • Lee Hostel Committee Inc
  • Lutheran Church of Australia
  • Lithgow District Aged Peoples Homes Association
  • Maroba
  • Maroba Lodge Ltd
  • Nambucca Valley Care Ltd
  • Our Lady of Consolation Aged Care Services Ltd
  • Pioneer House Aged Care Incorporated
  • Port Stephens Veterans and Citizens Aged Care Ltd
  • Royal Freemasons Benevolent Institution
  • Sisters of St Joseph Aged Care Services (NSW)
  • St Hedwig Village
  • St Joseph’s Aged Care Facility for Religious Limited
  • Stroud Community Lodge Inc
  • Tanderra Lithgow Inc
  • Tenterfield Care Centre Inc
  • The Pioneers Lodge Inc.
  • The Storm Retirement Village
  • Thomas Holt Memorial Village
  • Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel Limited
  • Touriandi Inc
  • United Protestant Association of NSW
  • Vietnam Veterans Keith Payne VC Hostel Ltd
  • Wommin Bay Hostels Ltd
  • Woolgoolga and District Retirement Village Ltd
  • Salvation Army (NSW)
  • Bundaleer Care Services Ltd
  • Catholic Care – Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
  • Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Lismore
  • Illaroo Co-operative Aboriginal Corporation
  • Presbyterian Church (NSW) Property Trust
  • Anglicare – Diocese of Newcastle
  • Residential Gardens for Spanish Speaking Frail Aged Inc
  • Timbrebongie House Inc
  • UnitingCare NSW.ACT
  • Lockhart and District Aged Care Association Inc