NSW cuts a ‘no-cost deal’ to hike well being staff’ pay

A $3500 wage increase for NSW’s low-paid well being staff is not going to price taxpayers an additional cent, the state’s well being minister says.

The settlement struck between the well being minister and Well being Companies Union on Friday morning got here because the union threatened industrial motion throughout the state’s hospitals subsequent week.

The federal government’s supply to spice up eligible well being staff’ base salaries by $67 every week, relatively than a share improve, would ship the sector’s lowest-paid staff the largest relative increase.

The deal is not going to apply to docs and nurses however covers staff starting from cleaners to hospital clerks, safety officers and allied well being professionals.

HSU members is not going to get greater than different public service staff, Well being Minister Ryan Park mentioned, with the one distinction being the distribution of the 4 per cent pay rise amongst staff.

“We’re not altering the whole, we’re not altering the quota. It means these on decrease incomes get extra whereas these on greater incomes don’t get as a lot,” he mentioned.

The federal government’s 4 per cent supply will nonetheless apply to paramedics, however they may search pay parity with interstate counterparts after they meet with authorities in 9 days.

The union’s state secretary Gerard Hayes mentioned he was asking members who had been paid within the $150,000-per-year vary to “do me a favour”.

“Assist me take care of these people who find themselves struggling,” he mentioned.

The federal government had provided all public sector staff a 4 per cent increase, backdated to July 1.

But it surely not too long ago opened the door to tweaking the supply sector by sector so long as the general price didn’t change.

HSU members will pause plans for industrial motion as they contemplate whether or not to just accept the $3500 supply on Monday.

The union represents greater than 90,000 well being staff not coated by docs’ or nurses’ unions.

Mr Hayes mentioned it was a tremendous day for these well being staff incomes about $52,000 a yr.

“These are the safety officers who get bashed day-after-day, these are the cleaners who stored COVID out of hospitals,” he mentioned.

Docs’ upbeat prognosis

The union representing docs in NSW, whose members voted in favour of the federal government’s 4 per cent wage rise, welcomed the funding supply to their allied well being counterparts.

“This can be a good consequence for a few of the lowest paid well being employees in NSW,” mentioned Tony Sara, president of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation NSW department.

The battle reached new heights this week when HSU delegates heckled the architect of the federal government’s 4 per cent supply, Treasurer Daniel Mookhey, as he addressed the union’s annual convention.

The treasurer this week started weaning the well being division off a system that meant half of staff’ tax financial savings in salary-sacrificing went into authorities palms.

The tweak, price $18 million this yr, means eligible staff will get about $10 further every week into their financial institution accounts.

However Mr Hayes desires the “morally” improper tax seize fully ditched inside three years.

The state opposition has criticised the federal government for its public stoush with the HSU, claiming it stemmed from the “enormous” pay guarantees Labor made within the lead-up to the March election.

Friday’s supply set a harmful precedent, shadow treasurer Matt Kean mentioned as he referred to as for extra transparency on whether or not different public servants will likely be eligible for the funds.

“If unions threaten to go on strike, then (Premier) Chris Minns will simply throw cash at them to make the issue go away,” he advised reporters.




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