Nurses and midwives endorse NSW Government wages offer
The NSW Government has welcomed the decision of the nurses and midwives to endorse the government’s pay offer.
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association held a statewide ballot of members with nearly 60 per cent voting today to receive a 4.5% salary increase, including 0.5% superannuation.
A 4.5% increase under the government’s Fair Pay Policy is the biggest pay increase for NSW nurses and midwives in over a decade.
The government is continuing to work with other public sector unions on the resolution of other negotiations.
The wages cap is obsolete following the NSW Government’s pay offer and will formally end in September.
Minister for Health Ryan Park said:
“The Minns Labor Government made a commitment to scrap the wages cap and deliver a pay increase to our frontline health workers including our nurses and midwives,” Mr Park said.
“We are committed to supporting our essential frontline workers and we’re working hard to recruit, retain and support our workforce.”
Minister for Industrial Relations and Work Health and Safety Sophie Cotsis said:
“The Minns Government is getting on with the job of fixing the recruitment and retention crisis in essential services and valuing our essential workers.”
“The Liberal-National’s wages cap eroded trust between essential workers and government, suppressed wages and led to the staffing crisis. The wages cap is dead.”
“The people of NSW deserve world class public services. We will continue to keep people at the heart of all of our work.”