Members vote on pay claim

The Award for public health system nurses and midwives expires in June 2008 and the NSWNA has commenced the fight to renew and improve it.

‘We are seeking financial reward and better recognition for the increased workloads and extra responsibilities borne by public health system nurses and midwives ,’ said NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes.

NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes said, ‘I have asked NSWNA branches at public health system facilities across NSW to hold meetings to discuss the proposed claim, which covers pay and conditions for next four years.

‘Members need to cast a vote on the proposed claim by Friday, 8 February 2008.’

The claim covers NSWNA members employed under the Public Health System Nurses’ & Midwives’ (State) Award and the Crown Employees Nurses’ (State) Award. A claim with similar terms will apply to NSWNA members employed by affiliated health organsations, who are covered by federal industrial legislation.

The claim was developed after extensive feedback and consultation with NSWNA members across NSW through discussion groups in Sydney and regional areas, an online survey and feedback through delegates.

Drawing on this feedback, the NSWNA claim for the new Public Health System Award was developed by a Log of Claims Committee elected by NSWNA delegates.

‘The only real recognition and reward for nurses and midwives’ increased efforts is a fair pay rise. The claims committee has recommended a 5% pay rise per year over four years, plus additional increases in certain classifications to recognise this increased responsibility,’ said Brett.

‘I strongly recommend that members endorse this claim,’ he said.

A second important area in the claim is achieving more support for nurses, midwives and NUMs.

‘We need more staff so a better skill mix can be achieved, and that means starting with better pay and conditions,’ said Brett.

‘There are also important claims to increase the night duty penalty rate to 25% and provide more support for developing and trainee nurses and midwives.’