Ninety-three per cent of Royal District Nursing Service
nurses and community care aides who voted in the recent Australian Electoral
Commission ballot have voted to approve the new RDNS agreement.
An application will now be made to Fair Work Australia for
approval of the Agreement. ANF is confident that this process will be dealt
with quite quickly by the tribunal. The agreement will come into effect seven
days after formal FWA approval.
AEC Ballot snapshot - declared 13 August 2012
Total eligible employees: 1580
Returned votes: 942 (59 per cent return rate)
Yes votes: 878 (93 per cent)
No votes: 30
Once the agreement comes into effect nurses and community
care aides will start to receive their increased wages, back paid to 31 May
2012. Nurses and community care aides will also receive a one off $200 payment
and the first instalment of their education allowance (pro rata part time).