Hard hats valued more than healthcare workers in NSW

The Berejiklian Government has delivered a shocking blow to thousands of public hospital nurses and midwives across NSW, slashing their hard-earned wages for twelve months. Today, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) awarded a 0.3% pay increase in the public sector wages case, rather than the 2.5% rise sought by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ […]

Masks directive highlights workplace risks for nurses

After five months of raising safety concerns held by members, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed today’s decision by NSW Health instructing all public health workers to wear surgical masks within 1.5 metres of patients. NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said the union had repeatedly highlighted the workplace risks for thousands of […]

Battle over fair pay for nurses and midwives ramps up

Hundreds of nurses and midwives have angrily condemned the Berejiklian Government for ignoring their personal sacrifices, as lawyers representing public sector unions return to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to fight a planned wage freeze. Delegates of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) tonight called for the public sector wage freeze to be scrapped, […]

Frontline workers to slash spending if wage freeze proceeds

As public sector unions prepare to fight the state government’s proposed wage freeze in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission, new data shows nurses and midwives are grappling with a bleak outlook. According to a YouGov* survey of nurses and midwives, a staggering 83 per cent of respondents said they were already stressed by day to […]

Hospital data reinforces exceptional value of nurses and midwives

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has again called on the NSW Government to abandon its public sector wage freeze, following the release of hospital data depicting the unwavering work value of nurses and midwives. The Bureau of Health Information (BHI) report released today shows nurses and midwives were grappling with the impact of […]

Nurses and midwives rally at Parliament for wage freeze showdown

Small groups of nurses and midwives will gather (social distancing) today outside NSW Parliament to express their anger at the state government’s public sector wage freeze. Following weeks of gathering support online to halt the wage freeze, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will be positioned at the gates of parliament throughout […]

Treasurer’s desperate wage freeze ‘sweetener’ leaves sour taste

Nurses and midwives say they are insulted at a last-ditch attempt by the NSW Government, as it tries to press ahead with a wage freeze on all public sector workers. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has described a $1000 one-off cash payment proposed by Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on Sunday night as a poor […]

Nurses and midwives insulted by cruel wage freeze

Tens of thousands of nurses and midwives have been dealt a blow in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, after the NSW Government today confirmed it will freeze all public sector wages. In response, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has rejected assertions by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet that frontline health […]

Wage freeze sours International Nurses’ Day

As thousands of nurses prepare for their shifts this International Nurses’ Day (12 May), public sector workers across the state face the prospect of a cruel wage freeze being legislated by the NSW Government. On a day when the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) highlights the achievements of all nurses across the public, private and […]

Nurses fighting COVID-19 left out in cold by wage freeze

On the eve of International Nurses’ Day, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has attacked plans by the NSW Government to ram through legislation for a public sector wage freeze, as early as tomorrow when parliament resumes for special sessions. The NSWNMA, together with public sector unions representing all workers keeping NSW safe during […]

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