Friday 30th April 2010
Recognition and reward for your dedication and responsibility
Staffing and skill mix for safe patient care
Over the coming months the Association will be working with members to develop specific claims for minimum staffing and skill mix guarantees for different nursing specialties.
We need to keep the best of our current Award workload clause rights, and exchange the parts that don’t work for simple guarantees that enable nurses to provide safe care and that management must follow.
Professional recognition and development
Promoting a better work-life balance for nurses and midwives
Last agreement delivered a real pay increase
Reserve Bank of Australia statistics show that the last NSW public health system pay rise delivered real wage increases for nurses when measured against inflation.
NSW nurses will have received a 7.95% pay rise over two years by the time the Memorandum of Understanding expires on 30 June this year. Inflation over the same two-year period will be 4.5%.
According to the Reserve Bank of Australia, inflation was 1.5% for the year ended 30 June, 2009, and is forecasted at 3% for the year ending 30 June, 2010.
The Reserve Bank currently forecasts that inflation is likely to be 2.5% for the following year (ending June 2011), rising to 2.75% the year after (ending June 2012).
Voting on the claim
All public health system facilities and services should hold a meeting before Friday, 9 April.
At the meeting members will discuss the draft claims and then take a vote. You are voting to either approve or reject the proposed claim in its entirety – not to amend.
Need more information? Phone 8595 1234 to speak to your Organiser.