Aged care – goodbye to the award

“Aside from the wage rise there are so many more benefits.” – LEONIE MUIR

The new aged care agreement won overwhelming support from nurses at the 108-bed Pembroke Lodge in Minto, southwest of Sydney. Of the 88 nurses to vote on the deal, 85 voted in favour.

“We were pretty happy to sign up to the agreement, it was long overdue,” Leonie Muir, secretary of the Pembroke Lodge branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, told The Lamp.

Leonie said Pembroke Lodge nurses were being paid basic award rates meaning the new agreement would be a big improvement.

“Aside from the wage rise there are so many more benefits.

Pembroke Lodge is one of three Sydney facilities owned by the Sisters of Our Lady of China.

Pembroke Lodge nurses joined the campaign for a new agreement and set up a union branch following a visit from Association representatives during the campaign.

“We were very interested and keen to get involved when we found out bargaining for the new agreement was in progress and one of the Sisters’ other facilities already had an enterprise agreement,” Leonie said.