Friday 27th November 2009
Collective bargaining is the only guaranteed path to a pay rise for most aged care and private hospital nurses.
The Federal Government’s award modernisation process has provided a new Nursing Award, which will cover most private sector nurses working in aged care facilities, private hospitals, and private sector specialist services such as medical practices.
However, the new Award provides minimum protection only, and aged care and private hospital nurses will not be guaranteed any pay rises or improvements to conditions underthe award.
If aged care and private hospital nurses don’t come together and bargain for an Enterprise Agreement at their workplace, they will not be guaranteed pay increases.
Collective bargaining for a new agreement is the only way you will be guaranteed any pay rises and improvements to conditions.
An Enterprise Agreement with union representation will deliver nurses the fairest agreement with the best pay rises and conditions.
Collective bargaining is a new concept for many private sector employers, especially for for-profit aged care employers. And it may be a new concept for many aged care and private hospital nurses.
This is where your union can help. The NSWNA has the industrial expertise and it’s our job to represent you in negotiations with your employer for a new agreement.
However, we need at least 50% of staff to be members of the union before the NSWNA can commence bargaining at a workplace where the employer refuses to bargain. So if you would like an Enterprise Agreement at your workplace that delivers good pay and conditions, you’ll need to start recruiting other nurses to the NSWNA.
It is vital that aged care and private hospital nurses who are not protected by an agreement contact the NSWNA and start preparing for an Enterprise Agreement now.