Nurses campaign for fair pay

Public health system nurses and midwives across NSW have been busy showing their support for the NSWNA’s 2008 Fair Conditions – Fair Pay campaign. From hosting barbecues and brekkies to donning campaign t-shirts and badges, NSWNA branches have been showing their support by holding events and gatherings to highlight the key issues in our claim and sign up new members to the Association.

NSWNA organisers have been getting out amongst it too, connecting with branch members, updating member contact sheets, delivering campaign materials, t-shirts, coffee and biscuits to nurses on the frontline.

The key pay features of the NSWNA claim are:

  • 5% per year pay increase for all nurses and midwives;
  • extra increases for permanent full-and part-time staff classified RN8 and above to recognise their experience and increased responsibilities.

While acuity continues to increase and nurses’ workloads keep growing, NSW will not be able to attract and retain enough nurses and midwives while pay levels aren’t right. Fair pay is the first step to making sure nurses stay in the public health system.

‘Members are determined to fight for long overdue pay rises and improved conditions,’ said NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda. ‘This is a once-in-a-four-year opportunity to improve our pay and conditions.’

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Wear your badge.
  • Put up posters.
  • Sign up workmates to the NSWNA.
  • Sign the campaign postcard and return to NSWNA.
  • Wear a campaign t-shirt.
  • Organise campaign activities at your workplace.
  • Contact the NSWNA or visit www.nswnurses.asn.au for more information.
  • Join the nurses’ campaign on facebook www.facebook.com/group.php?ged=24057856064

Community supports nurses’ campaign. 

NSW nurses have been reporting lots of moral support from community groups. Here Wollongong EEN Julie Hines assisted a ‘Friend of the Hospital’ signing a nurses’ support badge card.

More members, stronger voice
Memberships are on the rise as nurses across the state prepare to stand together during the campaign. Erin Moore, RN from Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, re-activated her membership. ‘I’d been so busy I’d forgotten to renew it – but it’s great to be back’,’ she said.

Taking the word to the workplace
Boggabri District Hospital nurses got into the spirit of Campaign 08 and sent their blessings to Sydney: (left to right) Jacquilyn Boxsell EN, Jan Varcoe Nurse Manager, Fiona Geddes RN and Amanda Boxsell RN.

Campbelltown Hospital’s Tareq Alqudsi RN and Linda Evans RN took a break to check out the finer details of Campaign 08.