Bupa Enterprise Agreement

The 37-day industrial campaign led by Bupa members, including the rolling strikes, in 2017, is unprecedented in australia`s elderly care sector. The measures taken by caregivers for the elderly and nurses allowed Bupa to improve its offer of a salary increase of 2.1% and not other changes in a one-year contract to 11.25% over three years, plus additional payment, improved requirements and improved workload management processes. The Corporate Negotiations Act was one of the main reasons why ANMF members supported CUTA`s “Change the Rules” campaign on the eve of the last federal election. The rules established by the Fair Work Act only allow a company agreement for an employer. This restriction has often left nurses, midwives and guardians in small businesses, where members have less bargaining power due to falling numbers, falling wages and reduced conditions. The ANMF negotiated in 1997 the first Victorian nurses and midwives in the public sector EBA. At the time of the pressure, ANMF was negotiating the seventh EBA in the public sector. The agreement includes about 60,000 nurses and midwives. Their numerical strength and ability to take significant union action, such as closing beds and cancelling elvite operations, means that in two decades they have achieved significant improvements in conditions, wages and workloads. The ANMF uses ABE public sector nurses and midwives as a reference agreement for their negotiations in all other workplaces.

This is why salaries, allowances and many of the conditions are also in the public sector psychiatric nurse agreements and private acute nurses and midwifery agreements. Your company negotiation contract (ABE) is one of the most important documents of your professional life. There are 250 agreements for Victorian members of the ANMF, who are nurses, midwives and private aides to the elderly. These BAAs, which cover many jobs, usually expire after three or four years. Before negotiating in companies, most Victorian nurses and midwives were paid the same rates of pay, regardless of their employer. The business negotiation process was set up by the Hawke/Keating Labor government in the early 1990s. It replaced the primacy of national wages and industrial rewards that set wages and conditions for groups of workers. The aim and intention of the company negotiations was to obtain higher wages and better conditions than the rewards awarded. . .

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