We need to step up our campaign

 

Government fails to improve wage offer to public hospital nurses

Public hospital nurses across NSW have strongly backed the campaign for improved pay and conditions to address the workloads crisis.

NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes said that thousands of members had participated in campaign activities over the past month – but further pressure must still be exerted on the state government.

‘We’ve seen some great rallies at metropolitan and regional hospitals. Nurses have taken the message to colleagues and the public with campaign materials and badges,’ said Brett.

‘Now we need to take our campaign up to another level. Over coming weeks, we need to bring the focus onto the key issue of workloads and the fact that an equitable pay rise is critical to addressing this problem.’

Brett said ‘positive’ meetings with the Health Department were continuing, but the state government had not yet offered wage rises equal to those paid to other public sector employees.

A kit covering the campaign issues has been delivered to Labor backbenchers and Brett addressed a meeting of 15 back-benchers at Parliament House.

The March meeting of the NSWNA Committee of Delegates condemned the unacceptable wages offer and called on Branches to commence regular activities to highlight:

  • Short-staffing created by non-replacement of lost agency nurse shifts;
  • The effects of excessive workloads on nurses’ health and patient care;
  • The dire effect on rural and regional hospitals if nursing management jobs are cut.

‘Over coming weeks, we need to bring the focus onto the key issue of workloads and the fact that an equitable pay rise is critical to addressing this problem.’

NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes