Thursday 18th December 2008
At last, fairness for acting after hours managers.
After concerted pressure from the NSWNA, NSW Health has agreed to introduce a $50 per shift payment to nurses and midwives who relieve nurses in charge of a hospital with over 100 beds after hours.
Although Branches endorsed the final settlement of our 2008 Wages and Conditions Award that included the non-payment of higher grade duty unless five continuous days relief was performed, NSWNA continued to argue that this should not apply to nurses and midwives who perform short-term reliefs in charge of hospitals with over 100 beds.
The new award provision regarding payment for higher duties would mean these nurses got nothing for being directed to do the in-charge of hospital duties.
According to NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda, NSW Health agreed after months of arguing to the payment of a $50 per shift payment for relieving in charge of a hospital with over 100 beds after hours. ‘The NSWNA pointed out that some nurses would actually be taking a pay cut if they were directed to do these duties.’
The Award will be varied in December to include the new allowance and will apply to all nurses whose substantive grading is up to and including CNS Grade 2.
Clarifying the eligibility for higher duties payment