More private employers agree to bargain

The NSWNA continues to make progress in enterprise bargaining on behalf of private sector nurses.

The union is negotiating collective agreements with two more aged care groups – the Montefiore Home and Whiddon Group – while the Independent Private Hospitals Group has finally agreed to negotiate.

The NSWNA has started talks with Whiddon Group management and is conducting a round of visits to members to get their views about the content of an agreement.

The Whiddon Group, formerly Frank Whiddon Masonic Homes, operates 24 residential care and independent living facilities across NSW.

The agreement with Montefiore Homes will cover all staff at facilities in Sydney’s eastern suburbs at Randwick, Hunters Hill and Maroubra.

NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes said Independent Private Hospitals had finally accepted that the NSWNA has a role to play in negotiating an agreement at Sydney Private Hospital.

This follows concerns raised by individual nurses about a draft ‘agreement’ proposed by management without any union involvement.

‘Management say they will address the nurses’ concerns and send the union a new draft which we will discuss with our members,’ Brett said.

‘We will survey our members employed by Independent Private Hospitals to make sure that we address their priorities in negotiations.’

Major negotiations for a new template agreement for the charitable aged care sector are close to completion.

When completed, members will be in a position to request their employer offer the agreement to staff for vote.