The NSWNA is gearing up for a campaign to improve pay and conditions for nurses working in the public health system.
The NSW Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award expires on 30 June this year.
The NSWNA and members now have the opportunity to campaign for a new agreement with their employer (NSW Government and NSW Health), which will include pay increases and improvements in conditions. It is a legally enforceable contract.
This is how the process works:
The difference between a good agreement and a weak one is pressure. An acceptable agreement never comes without nurses and midwives being prepared to take action to support and fight for their claim.
For example, in May 2005 NSWNA Branches resolved to strike to get a better offer. The Industrial Relations Commission intervened and the outcome was a higher pay increase of 14.75% for three and a half years.
If we want a good agreement, members need to get involved:
You'll automatically become a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation