A Decision by the Fair Work Commission paved the way for Bolton Clarke`s first national employment contract. The proposed agreement would have cemented a two-tiered system of unfair wages and conditions resulting from Queensland`s acquisition of the Victorian Royal District Nursing Service in 2015. The new facility, Bolton Clarke, employs nurses in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. The Fair Labour Commission last week rejected an ANMF-Scope regulation for Victorian employees that should be covered by a separate agreement. Bolton Clarke employees are currently subject to five agreements, including the Royal District Nursing Service Ltd. Victorian Operations Enterprise Agreement 2016 and the RSL Care Enterprise Agreement 2015. Registered contracts are valid until they are terminated or replaced. The ANMF proposed a separate agreement for Victorian employees who maintained the conditions. The unfairly proposed agreement provided for different salaries and fees for the same work, depending on whether you were a former employee of Victoria`s Royal District Nursing Service. This decision is an important step for Australia`s largest independent health and aged care provider, which was created with the merger of RSL Care and RDNS in 2015. "A single national agreement means that we can be responsive and flexible when it comes to providing career and development opportunities for our employees and providing services to our customers and residents," she said. Vice-President Hamilton heard that Bolton Clarke, ANMF and eight other unions met 12 times, with the ANMF maintaining its position on the special Victorian agreement. Lisa Fitzpatrick, Secretary of the ANMF, said: "Congratulations to our members at Bolton Clarke for being united and rejecting this disrespectful agreement.
Last March, Bolton Clarke withdrew from negotiations for a new national agreement. Management then decided to vote on its proposed agreement, after the Fair Work Commission decided on 12 July to reject the ANMF `Vic Branch`s request for a purely Victoria agreement, called the scope of application. People`s Officer Mel Leahy said the July 12 results meant the organization could offer an agreement that would better understand the value of all employees and ensure they were taking advantage of their national presence. Vice-President Hamilton found Bolton Clarke`s decision to end the negotiations and put the national agreement to a vote. Community nurses rejected the unfair enterprise agreement proposed by their employer. The company proposed an annexation that met the terms of the Victorian RDNS agreement, allowing existing Victorian employees to retain their rights. Victorian employees can also opt for the new agreement. While former RDNS nurses have remained on the salaries and terms of their pre-care agreement, all of Bolton Clarke`s new nurses, who are employed in Victoria, are paid less and have fewer rights under their lower quality agreement in Queensland. If a job has a registered contract, the premium does not apply. However, the Fair Work Commission can also help employers and workers who take their "New Approaches" program. Learn more about the new approaches on the Fair Labour Commission website. More than half of Bolton Clarke`s employees in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales took part in the July vote, with the majority voting "no." RDNS` home and community care (HACC) services are jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian governments.
Proposed agreement - Royal District Nursing Service Ltd Victorian Operations Enterprise Agreement 2016 Bolton Clarke Group now has 7,000 employees nationally.