Since 1996, nurses working in the public health system have received pay increases delivered through a series of four-year agreements negotiated with the state government.
Wage increases in the 2000 to 2004 agreement totalled 16%.
Nurses achieved additional pay increases through statewide strike action in the ‘What’s a Nurse Worth?’ campaign that culminated in the special case/work value wages claim in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. Nurses won additional wage increases totalling 9.5% as a result of widespread support for the campaign.
The collective action of the Association’s members during the ‘There’s no fix without nurses’ 2004 to 2008 campaign again delivered a higher outcome.
When the government offered four increases of 3% nurses threatened industrial action, forcing the government to agree to be bound by a recommendation from the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.
Following submissions from the Association and the Department, the IRC recommended that the final two increases be increased. Nurses won a total of 14.75% for that campaign.
Overall pay increases between 2000-2008 amounted to 47.3%. But we can’t stand still. With never-ending price increases, 2008 will be the time to stand up for greater rewards for nurses.
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