Unions have launched a plan to tackle the “broken” aged care system and protect workers at the front line, reports Jim McIlroy.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
The aged care system is showing all the signs of just how a degraded privatised sector works, writes Katherine Davis.
About 800 aged care nurses and carers in 26 Victorian Bupa nursing homes are set to take protected industrial action.
The first stage will include wearing campaign t-shirts, handing out campaign materials, bans on certain paperwork and speaking to the media.
The Victorian branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has been negotiating with Bupa management for improved staffing levels, skill mix, wages and working conditions for the past 14 months.
Three Australian unionists, visiting Indonesia as part of a delegation to a South-East Asian asbestos conference, had their passports seized and were deported from Indonesia after visiting a picket line organised by transport workers in Jakarta.
The unionists, including Jackie Kriz, a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and President of Geelong Trades and Labour Council, have been barred from re-entering Indonesia for six months. They were told by the Indonesian department of immigration they could apply to have the ban lifted after that time.
The 2015 Annual Report from Barwon Health revealed a budget deficit of $13 million. Barwon Health is Victoria’s largest regional health service and Geelong’s largest employer, with more than 7000 employees across all its operations.
Barwon Health’s board aims for small surpluses, but the report revealed the 2015–16 operating deficit contributed to a total net deficit of $22 million after depreciation and other capital items were accounted for.