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NSWNMA unites against O'Farrell

Belinda Smart | Last Updated: 19-11-2013
 

NSWNMA unites against O'Farrell

Members of the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) have united to oppose the O’Farrell Government’s move to reduce public service employees’ incomes and benefits.

NSWNMA members came together on Monday 8 October to challenge the Liberal and National Coalition’s application to vary the Crown Employees Award. The two nursing awards likely to be affected by the move are: The Nurses’ (Department of Family and Community Services – Ageing, Disability and Home Care) (State) Award 2011 and The Crown Employees Nurses’ (State) Award 2011.

It is understood nurses and midwives and their support staff, along with disability nurses are likely to be affected by the move.

Brett Holmes, general secretary of NSWNMA reportedly commented that the “full extent
of what Mr O’Farrell is trying to do has become much clearer in recent days.”

“The Government has indicated that it will be making cases in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to remove from the Crown Award some important conditions,” he told NCAH.

“Broadly speaking, key allowances and entitlements are under threat from the changes, with examples including the removal of 17.5 per cent annual leave loading.”

“They’re also planning to remove remote allowances as well as family and community service leave.”

Other changes would involve the re-structuring of afternoon shift loadings, whereby employees receive a percentage-based pay uplift for afternoon shifts because they finish later in the day.

Holmes indicated the latest developments, emerging as part of the State Government’s restructuring of New South Wales' public services, had dealt a further blow to a workforce that was already overstretched.

“The NSWNMA is fully across what the State Government is trying to do with this application against public servants and it will vigorously oppose this unjustified attack on the income and rights of NSW wage and salary earners, including nurses and midwives in disability services.”
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