Aged care facility and pro golfer fall short

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Bupa nurses plan industrial action over stalled agreement; Golf pro underpaid worker $30,000, says Ombudsman.

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Bupa nurses plan industrial action over stalled agreement; Golf pro underpaid worker $30,000, says Ombudsman.
 
Bupa nurses plan industrial action over stalled agreement
 
Nurses and personal care workers (PCWs) employed at 16 Bupa aged-care facilities across Victoria are planning protected industrial action after the failure of discussions about a new enterprise agreement.
 
The Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) said Bupa’s offer was the worst by a private aged-care facility owner in Victoria.
 
Acting assistant secretary Paul Gilbert said most employers in the industry have agreed to at least an average 3.5% increase in wages per year in their enterprise agreements.
 
‘The wage increases that Bupa proposed in its communiqué to staff on 2 October work out on average to be just 2.3% per year for nurses and only 1.85% for PCWs,’ Gilbert said.
 
Already paid $300 a week less
 
‘Registered nurses in private aged care in Victoria are already paid $300 a week less than their acute sector colleagues. Therefore this wage offer further widens the wage gap and is totally unacceptable.'
 
‘The ANF (Vic Branch) estimates that PCWs will lose more than $4500 each in wages under the proposed Bupa offer.’
 
Gilbert said Bupa is also proposing to cut overtime penalties and pay employees who work additional shifts only at the ordinary time rate. Employees are currently paid overtime when they work more than 76 hours per fortnight.
 
He said Bupa has unilaterally determined to put an agreement to a ballot of all employees between Saturday, 10 October and Friday, 16 October.
 
ANF staff will hold meetings with Registered Nurses and PCWs at all 16 Bupa facilities across Victoria today (Friday) to explain why they should reject the current agreement being proposed by Bupa.
 
Gilbert said ANF members have also voted to take protected industrial action should Bupa not increase their current wage offer.
 
No option
 
‘We have no option now but to activate protected industrial action at Bupa facilities in order to achieve a successful result for members and for those employees who we act as a bargaining representative,’ he said.
 
‘A recent ballot of ANF (Vic Branch) members conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission overwhelmingly endorsed the taking of a range of industrial action including two hour work stoppages and refusing to do overtime.’
 
Gilbert said outstanding issues to be resolved included wages and the length of the agreement.
 
 
Golf pro underpaid worker $30,000, says Ombudsman
 
The former operator of a gold pro shop is being prosecuted for underpaying an employee more than $30,000.
 
The employee was on a flat rate of $13 an hour for all hours worked, including some public holidays.
 
The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting Roach Golf Enterprises Pty Ltd, with documents lodged in the Chief Industrial Magistrate’s Court in Sydney alleging the company underpaid a casual retail shop assistant $30,185.
 
Flat rate
 
The flat rate allegedly resulted in underpayment of his minimum hourly rate, weekend and public holiday penalty rates, overtime and annual leave entitlements.
 
Also facing court for his alleged involvement in the underpayments is the company’s sole director, Bryan James Roach, of Forster.
 
Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell said the decision to prosecute was made because of the significant amount involved and the employer’s failure to rectify the matter.
 
The Agency is seeking penalties and a Court Order for the money allegedly owed to be back paid.
 
The maximum penalty per breach is $33,000 for the company and $6600 for Mr Roach.
 
The case is listed for hearing on 28 January 2010, in Sydney.
 
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