|Ratios put patient safety first!|
The NSW Government has flatly rejected your claim to put patient safety first by improving and extending the nursing ratios system.The O'Farrell Government is also seeking to discount its legislated 2.5 percent annual payrise cap to fund the increase in compulsory superannuation.In response to this rejection, NSWNMA workplace delegates voted to escalate the campaign, demanding the Government revise its offer by May 30.A record 214 NSWNMA branches, representing more than 30,000 public-sector nurses and midwives throughout NSW, have endorsed the NSWNMA's claim. The current Public Health System Nurses & Midwives (State) Award expires on June 30 this year.
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PHS Award 2013 claim
This is the formal claim that has been sent to the NSW Ministry of Health after being endorsed by a vote of NSWNMA branches. more » Draft claim in detail - PHS 2013
The draft PHS 2013 claim in detail. more »
The Minister for Health stated that the legislation won't affect nurses and midwives. Is this true?
No. The legislation may impact on the public health system (PHS) night duty penalty case currently before the IRC. A new PHS Award will be due in 2013 during the term of this government and will be subject to the legislation. The Award for nurses working in state run disability services expires 30 June 2011 and negotiations will be subject to the legislation. These nurses are falling behind PHS counterparts. After the July 2011 PHS pay rise a full time 8th year RN working in state run disability services will be over $4,700 per annum worse off than an 8th year RN working in the PHS. more » Isn't the reason the government is making these changes because NSW is broke?
That is reported to be the government?s rationale. However, a report by the Independent Parliamentary Budget Office discredited Premier O'Farrell's analysis of the state's budget position. Last month the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's reaffirmed NSW's AAA rating, saying the state was in a sound financial position. Decent public sector wages pay for public services such as education, health and transport are vital to NSW communities and safe health care can?t be achieved if nurses leave the system. more »
If you're a nurse or midwife in NSW, then this is your union.
Nurses and midwives must have a strong, active & relevant union to ensure ongoing improvements in their working lives.