Union launches national campaign for minimum ratios in aged care

Peter Carter At rallies across the country on 12 May, the nurses’ union kicked off a national campaign to win nurse-resident ratios in aged care. While ratios currently set minimum staffing levels in Australia’s childcare centres and public hospitals, there are no minimum staff-resident ratios in most...CONTINUE READING

BUPA aged care workers strike and win increases

Peter Carter After a long fight, Victorian aged care nurses and carers have notched a solid win in their dispute with health industry multinational BUPA. In September, union members across BUPA’s 26 Victorian aged care facilities started a campaign of industrial action over the terms of a new enterpris...CONTINUE READING

Bupa aged care workers take action over wages and workload

Peter Carter Aged care nurses and personal carers at one of the country’s most profitable aged care providers are taking action for improved wages and conditions. Bupa workers across the health industry giant’s 26 Victorian aged care centres have been fighting for a new enterprise agreement since 2016....CONTINUE READING

Vic nurses’ pay campaign kicks off

Peter Carter Victorian public sector nurses are gearing up for their 2016 enterprise agreement campaign. A statewide meeting of around 1,000 delegates on 23 March heard reports on the progress of negotiations with the Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association. The nurses union, the Australian Nursing...CONTINUE READING

Campaign needed for aged care standards

Peter Carter Federal government funding changes have abolished the distinction between high care and low care nursing home residents. NSW is currently the only Australian state with legislation requiring that nursing homes with high care residents have a registered nurse (division 1) on site 24 hours a...CONTINUE READING

Ratios: an argument against privatisation of aged care

Peter Carter For five years I’ve worked as an endorsed enrolled nurse. For most of that time, I’ve worked in private aged care facilities. A few weeks ago I moved to the public sector. The difference between the two is like night and day. In a private aged care facility I was responsible for 40 residen...CONTINUE READING

Aged care cover-up

Peter Carter It has recently come to light that in 2011 a young worker at an aged care facility in Maidstone, Victoria, was sacked for refusing to lie about the death of a resident. The Melbourne Herald Sun reported that Susan Mutami, a newly arrived Zimbabwean immigrant, was directed by her boss to re...CONTINUE READING