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

  • I had been an RN, worked in a lot of facilities and organisations, and I have experienced the high workload, increased stress, poor staff mix and decline in staffing levels. I fear that when my time to be cared for, the situation will be far worst, if we do not do something about it now.
  • I don't necessarily say a pay rise is necessary as that would most likely result in more terminations, however I believe that MORE STAFF are needed per nursing homes as the ratios are much more important for good care for the residents. Let pays be the next issue
  • My father spent the last few months of his life (to December 2014) at Bupa Clayton. Although the staff I met were always very caring and considerate, it concerned me that they seemed very "stretched" covering the number of residents, particularly overnight. I support their campaign to be able to deliver industry-standard service under industry-standard conditions.

Updates

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: 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

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10 signatures reached