Nurses and carers at nine Bupa nursing homes across Victoria will hold stop work meetings and barbecues outside the for-profit facilities next week.
Monday 9 October
Bupa Ballarat, 12.30pm-3.30pm, 305 Smythes Rd, Delacombe
Bupa Clayton, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 12 Burton Avenue, Clayton
Tuesday 10 October
Bupa Edithvale, 2pm - 4pm, 256-260 Station Street, Edithvale
Bupa Portland, 1pm-3pm and 3pm-5pm, 83 Wellington Road, Portland
South Morang, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, 18-22 McGlynn Ave, South Morang
Wednesday 11 October
Bupa Bendigo, 1.30pm-3.30pm, 208 Holdsworth Road, Bendigo
Bupa Mildura, 2pm-4pm, 514 Deakin Ave, Mildura
Bupa Sunshine, 2pm-4pm, 74 Devonshire Road, Sunshine
Bupa Thomastown, 1.30pm-3.30pm, 89 Dalton Road, Thomastown
The stop work meetings are part a second wave of protected industrial action which also includes a ban on paperwork linked to federal aged care funding, and only working to their rostered time unless overtime is approved in advance and in writing. These actions will be ongoing and will start from 7am on the day the nine Bupa nursing homes listed above hold their stop work meetings.
First stage protected industrial action – wearing red aged care ANMF campaign t-shirts, handing out campaign material to residents and relatives and speaking to the media will continue at all 26 Victorian Bupa facilities.
ANMF’s negotiations for a new enterprise agreement have become more complex with Bupa’s announcement this week it is making nursing positions redundant across Australia.
Negotiations have been dragging on since July 2016 and Bupa nurses’ and carers’ last wage increase of 1.75 per cent was 17 months ago. Nurses and carers are seeking wages that match industry standard rates paid at Bupa’s competitors including BlueCross, Aged Care Services Australia Group, Royal Freemasons and Arcare.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said: ‘Bupa nurses and carers are escalating their action to ensure Victorians understand the stress, the difficulties and the reality of missed care when patient workloads are too high.
‘Nurses and carers will be reluctantly stopping work and will ensure this action does not affect the health or welfare of the people in their care.
‘If they do nothing Bupa will cut nursing positions and staffing levels will be even lower,’ Ms Fitzpatrick said.
‘The result of getting rid of nurses is not improved patient care, its increased profits.
‘Victorians should be concerned there’s no mechanism in the federal aged care law, state regulations or the aged care complaints scheme that makes Bupa accountable for having transparent qualified staffing levels,’ she said.
‘I urge people with loved ones living in a Bupa nursing home, or considering choosing a Bupa nursing home, to ask management for the specific numbers of nurses and carers on each full shift and how many patients they are responsible for – because the numbers matter,’ Ms Fitzpatrick.
‘Don’t accept vague answers about staffing to acuity because nursing home patients have known high acuity and complex clinical nursing and personal needs. Bupa has a roster nurses and carers – people need to know what those numbers are?
‘I’m extremely proud of all the Bupa nurses and carers who are standing up to considerable intimidation from some Bupa managers and taking unprecedented action to improve patient care in their nursing homes.
‘They’re standing up for the kind of quality aged care all Victorians want for their loved ones.’
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Bupa’s 26 Victorian nursing homes are: