Extra pay for after-hours managers

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

  1. If a nurse or midwife relieves a higher-grade, full-time employee whose roster is five days on duty, two days off, the higher payment is due after completing five days.
  2. If the relieving nurse or midwife takes leave before the minimum period has been reached, the five days calculation starts from the day the nurse returns to work.
  3. In the case of a nurse or midwife relieving a part-time employee, the relieving nurse is entitled to the higher payment after completing 38 hours or five, full-time equivalent days.
  4. Once they have met the requirement of five days higher duty, nurses and midwives are not required to meet it a second time during the same period of relieving.
  5. The new provision states that employers are not to rotate the higher grade duty amongst nurses to avoid the payment at the higher classification.