Recognition and reward for increased responsibility
Some nursing classifications need realignment to match equivalent occupations and responsibilities:
Recruitment and retention for safer workplaces
More support for nurses and midwives
It’s going to be a tough fight
Nurses and midwives have received good pay rises in recent years but it was achieved after a tough fight. In the last wages campaign of 2005, nurses and midwives were forced to call a statewide strike before an acceptable pay rise was achieved.
This time around, we also need to prepare to fight for real recognition and the pay and conditions that reflect our true value, according to NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes.
‘The NSW Government has announced it will offer NSW public sector workers 2.5% per year, saying this will “maintain real wage improvements”. But inflation is already pushing 3%, so this means the government is offering you a pay cut!
‘The government says any increases above 2.5% per year have to be “tied to productivity savings” or “employee-related reform measures”.
‘Nurses and midwives will not accept this bean-counting approach. We need to prepare to fight for real recognition and the pay and conditions that reflect our true value,’ said Brett.
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