Friday 27th November 2009
7.95% pay rise for two years and improvements in professional development are part of a new proposed agreement at Sydney Adventist Hospital.
The NSWNA is close to finalising a new agreement with Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH) in Wahroonga that offers 3.9% pay increases in wages and allowances each year for two years.
‘Members were keen to get pay parity with other hospitals, and we achieved this,’ said Julia Taylor, CNS at SAH, who has taken part in the bargaining process.
‘We also won recognition for continuing education and seniority within the nursing ranks. We got a pay rise for our Grade Four nurses who met certain criteria and for our CNSs.’
Importantly, NUMs have been included in the two-year agreement.
Another achievement is the standardisation of on call rates for staff throughout the hospital. ‘We discovered that a lot of our on call people were getting different payments,’ Julia explained. ‘We ended up with a good pay rise for them, both during the week and at weekends. Everyone will get the same on call allowance and the rate is above award.’
Other key wins include paid parental leave that includes nine weeks maternity or adoption leave and five days paternity leave.
According to Julia, the bargaining process was smooth, thanks to the helpful union organiser and the industrial expertise of the NSWNA.
Key features of the proposed Agreement