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Issue #1803      November 15, 2017

Bupa profits first

Nurses and care workers at 13 of Bupa’s aged care facilities in Victoria have entered the third day of strikes and given notice the action will continue. Rolling strikes started across half of Bupa’s 26 Victorian nursing homes on Tuesday this week with nurses and carers striking for their whole morning or afternoon shifts on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Around one or two workers are walking off a morning and an afternoon shift across the 13 facilities with the strongest participation reported at Bupa Sunshine, where more workers have walked off some shifts, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch).

The action follows almost 400 nurses and carers from all of Bupa’s aged care facilities in Victoria rallying outside Bupa’s corporate Melbourne office. The industrial action in Victoria is part of Bupa workers’ campaign for increased staffing levels and better wages.

The union has been negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement for nurses and carers with Bupa management since July 2016, with the two parties currently undergoing mediation with Fair Work Australia as they seek a resolution.

Bupa nurses and carers are seeking increased staffing levels and a commitment to replace all planned leave, the union said.

ANMF (Vic Branch) secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said while residents have increasingly complex nursing needs there were fewer nurses. “Aged care nurses and carers striking for the very first time is evidence something is deeply wrong with the aged care system and the way employers choose to roster staff,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.

Nurses and carers from Bupa Ballarat, Bupa Caulfield, Bupa Coburg, Bupa Clayton, Bupa Donvale, Bupa Eastwood, Bupa Greensborough, Bupa Mildura, Bupa Portland, Bupa Sunshine, Bupa Templestowe, Bupa Thomastown, and Bupa Woodend are participating in the strike action, the union said.

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