Over the Christmas and New Year period, ANMF (Vic Branch) rolled out new billboards to support private aged care members’ EBA campaigns for better wages, staffing and working conditions.
Over 14 days, the billboards travelled to dozens of aged care facilities across the state with the aim of increasing the visibility and awareness of the campaign as family members were visiting their loved ones in aged care.
The aged care royal commission made 148 recommendations. The Morrison Government has increased its spending on aged care by $17.7 billion. And yet, private aged care employers are still reluctant to increase the number of registered and enrolled nurses and personal care workers on each shift. They are also resisting wage increases.
So as the Branch continues its negotiations with private aged care employers on behalf of members, we organised these mobile billboards across key workplaces to ensure residents, their families, staff and the local community know that despite all the fanfare and promises of a royal commission and billions of extra dollars, nothing has fundamentally changed for workers or residents inside private aged care facilities.
Among the facilities visited by the billboards were homes run by Arcanola, Craigcare, Jewish Care, Kalyna Care, Lifeview, Mecwacare, Menarock Life, Norsan, Regis, Royal Freemasons, Salvation Army, Samkay Health and Trinity Care, as well as Allanvale Private Nursing Home, Edenvale Manor Aged Care Facility, St Basils, The Alexander Aged Care Facility, Vermont Aged Care and Westgate Private Nursing Home.
These aged care providers must improve staffing to safe levels, skills mix and wages. Nurses, personal care workers and their residents can’t wait. It’s not too much to ask.
What you can do
Upload your roster to the ANMF care minute portal so we can measure your workplace’s staffing levels against the royal commission’s recommendations, which is an important part of our negotiations.