2008 Campaigning pays off for nurses

2008 has been a great year of gains for NSWNA members with our campaigns boosting nurses’ rights at work and improving pay and conditions across all nursing sectors.

Fair Conditions Fair Pay for public hospital nurses

Hot on the heels of a stunning win in the Your Rights at Work campaign late last year, the NSWNA kicked off 2008 with our Fair Conditions Fair Pay – Nurses Stay campaign to improve pay and conditions for public health sector nurses.

The Fair Conditions, Fair Pay – Nurses Stay campaign achieved huge gains for public hospital nurses, including a 7.95% pay rise over two years (when the Government had argued for 2.5% per year); the creation of new CNE/CNS classifications improving pay, conditions and career paths for specialist nurses; a Continuing Education Allowance for ENs with advanced diplomas; and the right of part-timers to choose to increase contracted hours or swap to full-time. Also, winning the right to pursue improved night duty penalty rates (currently underway) and better pay for experienced nurses (commencing early next year) in the Australian Industrial Relation Commission was a solid win for nurses.

Bargaining wins in aged care

The NSWNA also made great gains in our campaign to improve pay and conditions for aged care nurses by assisting members to bargain for Union Collective Agreements with their employers. More than 60 aged care employers have now offered their employees Union Collective Agreements, based on the template agreement developed by the NSWNA in conjunction with the HSU and Aged and Community Services Association.

Fighting for parity in private hospitals

With current private hospital agreements expiring in September and October, the NSWNA also began campaigning for Union Collective Agreements that deliver closer parity in pay and conditions with the NSW public health sector.