Bupa statement on industrial action in Victoria: Updated

Bupa Aged Care Australia's Chief Nurse, Maureen Berry, responds to union commentary and industrial action in our Victorian aged care homes.

Bupa is committed to delivering high quality care to our 7000 residents and this means offering our people a competitive and sustainable employment agreement. This includes fair pay, training and development opportunities and reward and recognition for outstanding performance.

We continue to negotiate in good faith with the Unions. Our latest offer includes an 11.25% wage increase over three years, and protection of penalty rates including weekend loadings. This offer is higher than the CPI and average Australian wage increases.

The ANMF has not accepted this offer, nor have they supported us passing on an immediate pay rise to our people while we continue to negotiate.

We respect the right of employees to take protected industrial action and we have ensured the safety, health and wellbeing of our residents is not impacted.

We’re disappointed though the Union felt this level of industrial leverage was warranted, given we are negotiating in good faith.