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Victorian private aged care enterprise bargaining campaigns 2021-22
Private and not-for-profit residential aged care nurses’ and personal care workers’ wages and working conditions are established through an enterprise bargaining agreement (EBA).
ANMF negotiates EBAs on members behalf with your employer. An EBA is a legally enforceable document outlining your wages, penalty rates, working conditions, career structure, allowances, and entitlements such as annual, personal, long service and professional development leave.
Negotiations are based on a log of claims, or a ‘wish list’. This list is based on resolutions passed at our annual delegates conferences and discussions with members.
The timing of your negotiations will depend on your current EBA’s expiry date. Most Victorian private aged care EBAs expire between May and December 2021. You can find your EBA (and expiry date) on the ANMF member portal.
ANMF is required under the law – the Fair Work Act 2009 – to negotiate a separate agreement with each employer.
Our success depends on how active members are in your workplace. This means talking about the claims, discussing the royal commission recommendations and telling management you deserve a better deal which respects your contribution.
The aged care royal commission’s final report and recommendations were released on 1 March 2021. ANMF continues to campaign for the Morrison Government to urgently increase the numbers of registered nurses, enrolled nurses and personal care workers on each shift to meet the royal commission’s recommendations.
While we campaign for the Morrison Government to fix aged care, the enterprise bargaining process gives union members another opportunity to improve wages, conditions and staffing levels.
This is your EBA. You and your colleagues need to be loud and proud about what you want and expect.