What you can do

  1. Make sure everybody you work with is a union member. The more members at your workplace, the stronger your bargaining position, the better your pay and conditions.
  2. Talk to other members at work about getting a union collective agreement.
  3. Start talking about what you want in the Agreement. Check out your current Award/NAPSA so you know your current conditions.

How to get a Union Collective Agreement

To get a Union Collective Agreement at your workplace, start preparing now.

  1. Talk to your workmates about the stronger protections a union agreement can bring.
  2. Arrange a meeting of interested nurses and make a plan to make sure as many employees as possible are union members.
  3. Form a workplace union committee to begin developing a list of issues that are important to nurses and that you would like dealt with in an agreement. Call the NSWNA office to get some tips on how to go about this.
  4. Consider attending one of the education days about workplace bargaining run by the Assoication so you can develop your knowledge and skills – phone NSWNA for the next course dates.

Tricky employer tactics to stall negotiations

  • Management cries poor, says they cannot afford a pay rise.

Our response: The NSWNA has already proven that employers can pay a fair rise. In the last aged care work value case, Professor of Accounting at UNSW, Bob Walker, submitted evidence that proved the capacity of aged care employers to pay a fair payrise.

  • Management says they’ll think about it

What you can do: Ask for a specific timeframe.

  • Management says they are too busy to attend meetings, never responds to messages.

What you can do: Hold a meeting of nurses and pass a resolution requesting management to begin the process for an agreement. Call the NSWNA to discuss specific things that nurses can request as part of your resolution.

  • Management makes threats, such as jobs will be cut if there’s a payrise

What you can do: Re-assert that workers are all united and determined in asserting their right to fair pay and conditions.

  • Management tries to change the subject, divert from the issues being discussed

What you can do: Have a clear agenda in meetings and keep bringing discussions back to the agenda.