The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) Tasmanian Branch can confirm that following a Fair Work Commission recommended consultation with Southern Cross Care Tasmania (SCCT) CEO and Senior Management on Friday 14 April 2023, that no Enrolled Nurses (ENs) will be made redundant in any SCCT facility.
This decision follows intervention by the ANMF and the Fair Work Commission during a change proposal process initiated by SCCT in November 2022.
This is a significant win for all ENs at SCCT facilities, who up until last week were concerned that their positions were likely to be made redundant. It is also a win for SCCT residents who will continue to benefit from skilled ENs in their Nursing Team across all SCCT facilities.
“The ANMF is pleased to have been able to highlight the critical need to retain ENs to SCCT management and have SCCT retain them, although the SCCT CEO maintains that EN redundancies were never proposed.” said ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary Emily Shepherd.
The final model for implementation is still unclear and the ANMF have sought further clarification for members. It currently appears that some leisure and lifestyle as well as servery and kitchen staff are still likely to be made redundant.
“While this is a positive outcome for our EN members, we remain concerned by the protracted change proposal process that SCCT continue to undertake and the associated distress that this has caused for our members, residents and their families.”
The ANMF will continue to monitor the change implementation and provide support to members in all SCCT facilities as this change is implemented.
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