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BUPA: Nurses reject 2.6% pay rise on union recommendation

20th July, 2010

NURSES and other staff working at Bupa's 21 NSW aged care facilities have rejected a pay offer, with nearly 85% of staff voting no on union recommendation.

The UK owned aged care operator, was offering nurses at its NSW aged care facilities an average 2.6% annual pay rise, over four years.

On Friday, Bupa Care Services announced an increase to the wage rates for nurses and care workers in its NSW aged care facilities of 2 per cent, and higher increases where appropriate. This would align employees to the new modern awards, is not a part of any new enterprise agreement and would be effective immediately, backdated from July 1.

Bupa said it was committed to achieving an enterprise agreement and had met with the NSW Nurses Association and Health Services Union, entered into negotiations and extensively consulted with employees in all facilities.

The Nurse's Union claimed the offer would see their members working for Bupa, earn less than aged care nurses at most for profit and not for profit facilities.

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By Rachel Davis @ The Source Today-retirement village & aged care news | Original Source

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