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Gillard writes to providers over award modernisation

Nurses say the move shows government wants to protect aged care wages

The Australian Nursing Federation has welcomed the decision of Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard to write to aged care providers reminding them of their responsibilities under the award modernisation process.

Federal secretary Ged Kearney said it showed the government understood the complex issues surrounding the care of “vulnerable elderly nursing home residents”.

“Minister Gillard has contacted aged care employers and warned them that the award modernisation process should not be an excuse to cut the wages of hard working nurses in NSW and Queensland.

“We welcome this support – it shows the government understands any pay cuts would lead to a worsening of the aged care staffing crisis. We cannot risk losing any more nurses in this sector,” Kearney said.

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