Pressure from the ANMF (SA Branch) secures exemption from new wages cap.
The Weatherill Government’s State Budget announcement this afternoon of a 1.5% wages cap for new enterprise agreements in the state Public Sector sent shockwaves through the ANMF (SA Branch) today.
Current 2016 Enterprise Agreement negotiations for nursing and midwifery staff have been proceeding on the basis of across the board 2.5% wage increases each year for the 3 years of the proposed agreement.
This newly announced wages policy drew an immediate rejection and a demand for an urgent policy reversal from ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adjunct Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM.
“I demanded a written assurance nurses and midwives would be exempt from the new 1.5 % wages cap" said ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Elizabeth Dabars.
"We had discussions and secured a verbal assurance from both Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and Premier Jay Weatherill during the State Budget lock-up for interest groups this afternoon" she said.
“I put the State Government on notice both directly and through the media, that nurses and midwives would be off the wards and onto the streets in protest over this announcement unless it was reversed” said Adj Associate Professor Dabars.
I am pleased to advise members that the Minister for Health has now sent written confirmation that our current enterprise negotiations will be exempt from the new reduced wages cap.
The ANMF (SA Branch) will now return to the negotiating table on Monday in good faith with the intention of concluding the terms of a new agreement by the end of July as previously advised to members.
We will conclude our analysis of other aspects of the State Budget and advise members further in the coming days.