PAY FREEZE WAR
Nurse gives evidence to body
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.
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.