ANMF members joined unionists around the country in wearing union t-shirts on Saturday 2 February to share the ‘Change the rules’ campaign message.
In the ‘Change the rules’ campaign, union members are doing what we have always done – standing up for fairness in working life.
We are saying that the gap between rich and poor in Australia has widened due to wage stagnation and wage theft, penalty rates in some industries have been axed, and the casualisation of the workforce and growth in the ‘gig economy’ has left workers without rights.
Within our professions, we are working to change the rules around staffing in aged care in our campaign for legislated minimum staffing ratios.
We also support the union movement’s call to change the rules around enterprise bargaining to enable collective bargaining across multiple employers. Having to bargain with individual employers rather than collectively has diminished ANMF’s capacity to negotiate a pay deal for private aged care nurses that matches the public sector EBA.
And we want to change the rules to offer protection to workers against employers terminating enterprise agreements, leaving workers to bargain under the cloud of diminished terms and conditions.
ANMF is contesting Bolton Clarke’s attempt to introduce a new enterprise agreement that is inferior to the RDNS agreement for nurses employed since RDNS merged with RSL Care to become Bolton Clarke.