PAY FREEZE WAR

Nurse gives ev­i­dence to body

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

ABOUT 1100 health work­ers, 619 teach­ers, and 139 po­lice of­fi­cers in the Tweed Shire will be af­fected by the State Gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed public sec­tor wage freeze ac­cord­ing to the op­po­si­tion.

Mem­bers of the NSW Nurses and Mid­wives’ As­so­ci­a­tion at The Tweed Hospi­tal gath­ered out­side the build­ing on the banks of the Tweed River to protest the plan to scrap front­line work­ers’ 2.5 per cent pay rise on Tues­day.

Branch sec­re­tary Pam Bar­rett said: “We were really hurt by the sug­ges­tion that we weren’t en­ti­tled to what we had agreed on right across the state. I think it was a slap in the face for the nurses and mid­wives of the Tweed as for all public sec­tor work­ers.”

She said while work­ers would be dis­ap­pointed if the an­nual pay rise didn’t in­crease it wouldn’t af­fect the qual­ity of their work.

“We will still do our job, we will pro­vide the best pos­si­ble care we can give but how we feel about politi­cians, we will cer­tainly look at that next time around,” Ms Bar­rett said.

Fel­low nurse and union branch rep­re­sen­ta­tive James Bug­tay echoed her sen­ti­ments.

“The gov­ern­ment has been say­ing they want to stim­u­late the econ­omy by in­creas­ing spend­ing but by de­creas­ing the work­ers, es­pe­cially the public sec­tor work­ers’ pay, that just takes a back step to­wards the stim­u­la­tion of the econ­omy,” he said.

He said the pay in­crease would have gone to­wards a house de­posit in the area or a hol­i­day after the pan­demic.

The State Mem­ber for Lis­more Janelle Saf­fin, State

Mem­ber for Tweed Ge­off Provest and Fed­eral Mem­ber for Rich­mond Jus­tine El­liot have all said they are against the wage freeze.

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Lamb

DIS­AP­POINTED: NSW Nurses and Mid­wives As­so­ci­a­tion Tweed Hospi­tal branch's Pam Bar­rett, Pauline Macdonald and James Bug­tay out­side the Tweed Hospi­tal protest­ing against the pro­posed public sec­tor wage freeze on Mon­day.

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