To: Bupa Chairman Lord Leitch, the Bupa Board UK and Bupa Australia’s Executive Team

Be Fair Bupa: put resident care, staffing levels and nurses’ and carers’ wages before profits

Bupa’s Victorian aged care nurses and carers are over stretched and undervalued.

Despite Bupa’s $585 million profit last year (about $30 million in aged care) we’re some of the state’s lowest paid aged care nurses and carers.

Please restart negotiations with our union, the ANMF (Vic Branch), and reach agreement on better staffing levels so we can improve resident care and wage increases that lift us out of the bottom 10 per cent and match your competitors.

Why is this important?

We are the nurses and carers who work in Bupa’s Victorian nursing homes.

Bupa is a multi-national company, making multi-million dollar profits, with 26 nursing homes across Victoria.

Bupa aged care nurses have made the difficult decision to take protected industrial action because we feel stretched and undervalued.

Australian nursing homes are given funding for staff and wages. Yet, we find ourselves fighting for both.

We’re asking Bupa for better staffing levels and skill mix (that’s the number of nurses and carers allocated to a number of residents each full shift) so we can improve resident care.

We love caring for people who can no longer live at home. Many residents have multiple conditions, diseases and comorbidities and have very high complex nursing needs. Some need palliative care. Most require help with personal care needs. It’s intense, intimate and rewarding work.

But it’s very hard to do our jobs well without enough staff.

We’re also paid thousands of dollars less each year than our colleagues doing the same work. We’re asking for a wage increase that reflects the rising cost of living and that matches Bupa’s competitor nursing home groups such as Arcare, BlueCross, Royal Freemasons and AGSAG.

Please sign our petition and tell Bupa to value, recognise and reward the people who care for elderly Victorians.

Authorised Paul Gilbert, Acting Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch), October 2017.


Reasons for signing

  • BUPA - a multi-national company. Say no more.
  • People before profits
  • because people should come before profits

Updates

2017-11-02 00:19:29 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-10-23 11:36:15 +1100

Thank you everyone for helping us hit 4000+ signatures!

This Wednesday 25 October we are holding a Bupa rally, please support Bupa nurses and carers and attend their rally for fair wages and better staffing levels.

1.45pm – 2.30pm, outside Bupa’s corporate office
Corner Exhibition Street and Flinders Lane
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/122508751772530

Bupa receives millions in federal taxpayer funding - $159.8 million in 2015-16 and $172.3 million in 2016-17. The Age newspaper reported Bupa’s aged care businesses made a $45.1 million profit in 2016.

2017-10-09 09:34:36 +1100

Thank you everyone for signing and sharing your experiences working in the sector or having a loved one in a nursing home.

On top of our EBA campaign, Bupa Australia announced that they will be cutting nursing management positions in all facilities across the country. Rick Morton from The Australian reported this today Monday 9 October see: www.bit.ly/2kwnIHQ

2017-10-05 15:59:03 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-10-03 16:46:06 +1100

500 signatures reached

2017-10-02 16:30:03 +1100

100 signatures reached

2017-10-02 13:29:54 +1100

50 signatures reached

2017-10-02 12:06:42 +1100

25 signatures reached

2017-10-02 11:17:08 +1100

10 signatures reached