Montefiore agreement delivers top pay

Montefiore agreement delivers up to 22.9% pay increase and a new workloads clause.

Members at Sir Moses Montefiore nursing homes have a new agreement that includes pay increases up to 22.9% in 2009 and a workloads clause to deal with excessive workloads.

After a resounding ‘yes’ vote on the agreement in June, Sir Moses Montefiore members have welcomed the new agreement negotiated between the NSWNA, the HSU and Montefiore that protects wages and conditions over one year, and provides two wage increases in 2009.

The new agreement covers 750 nurses and other staff at three Montefiore facilities in Maroubra, Randwick and Hunters Hill.

AiNs receive a 6.6-7.5% pay increase backdated to February 2009, plus a further 2.5% from I July 2009. These increases align the AiN pay rate with the Care Services Employees pay rate.

ENs receive a 4.7-8.2% pay increase backdated to February 2009, plus a further 2.5% from I July.

RNs years 1–4 will be paid at a Level 1, which is equivalent to a current Year 4 level. This means that some RNs could receive up to a 19.4% pay increase backdated to February 2009, plus a further 2.5% from I July.

The inclusion of a Workloads Clause in the agreement is a big win for Montefiore members and sets a new pace in the aged care sector. The workloads clause will deal with excessive workloads and considers skills mix and acuity levels as well as the number of staff.

Other improvements to conditions under the Montefiore agreement include:

  • Improved annual leave entitlements, with five weeks annual leave and annual leave loading of 17.5% paid for the full five weeks. Employees can cash out annual leave (provided they leave three weeks in accrual). They can also purchase an extra two weeks annual leave by forgoing 1.92% of their wage for each week of leave purchased.
  • An increase in the rate long service leave accumulates after 10 years’ service. Nurses can cash out long service leave (provided they leave three weeks in their ‘bank’).
  • A new classification and additional pay increase for AiN Team Leaders.
  • Long-term casuals have a right to apply for their position to be made permanent (if they work regularly and systematically over a period of 26 weeks).
  • Permanent part timers who regularly work more than their contracted hours have the right to request that their contracted hours be increased to reflect the hours they’re actually working.
  • Staff cannot be forced to work overtime in unreasonable circumstances.

NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda said the Montefiore agreement provides a good pay rise and significant improvements to conditions. ‘It’s an excellent result and Montefiore management has shown it values its nurses by offering fair pay and conditions.

‘However, this agreement only protects pay and conditions for one year. Montefiore members need to think about their next agreement now.

‘Ask your colleagues if they are members of the NSWNA and if they are not, ask them to join the Union.

‘Also talk to your colleagues about forming a NSWNA Branch at Montefiore,’ said Judith. ‘More members and a NSWNA Branch will place you in a stronger bargaining position and will deliver a better agreement next time around.’

 

Pull quote:

‘More members and a NSWNA Branch will place you in a stronger bargaining position and will deliver a better Agreement next time around.’

NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda

Box out:

Pay increases under Sir Moses Montefiore agreement

Classification Date & amount of increase

1 February 09^ 1 July 2009

AiN 6.6 – 7.5%* 2.5%*

EN 4.7 – 8.2%* 2.5%*

RN 1.5 – 19.4%* 2.5%*