“At the end of the day, it`s a reasonable agreement for all parties. The new public sector collective agreement officially came into force this week and offers members the protection of existing labour rights, job security and wage increases. “Members should be proud of this performance, especially given the negotiating environment and a climate of uncertainty and economic disruption in which wages between government conditions have been frozen,” said AnMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary WO. This new agreement: the government will now go to the SA labour tribunal to formalize the agreement. South Australia`s 19,000 nursing and midwives employees in the UNITED States voted overwhelmingly in favour of the government`s offer for the Enterprise Agreement, which increases salaries by 2% a year over the next two years. A two-week national vote, which ended last night, led to 95% of nurses and midwives who voted for the agreement. “This agreement is the culmination of several months of robust negotiations, and will ensure that SA is well positioned to meet the persistent health and wellness needs of all South Australians.” The South Australian Public Sector (Agreement 2020) forecasts annual increases of 2% from the first full pay period on January 1, 2020, January 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the human resources department of your local health network. “We are pleased that our state`s hard-working nurses and midwives voted overwhelmingly in favour of the government`s offer on the Enterprise Agreement, which provides for exceptionally fair and reasonable wage increases and maintains current employment conditions,” said Lucas. The new rates of pay and the additional payment are introduced in two stages. Shared services are working on the implementation of the new rates and this is expected to apply to two full salary cycles, which means a period from mid-August to the end of August. The second step is the provision of additional payments. On this date, it is expected to start in late August or early September.
Treasurer Rob Lucas hailed the result as a “resounding vote of confidence” in the Liberal Marshall government`s commitment to investing in our world-class health care system and its skilled workers. “We have been saying all the time that taxpayers in South Australia simply cannot afford the ORIGINAL ANMF demands for 3.5% a year in wage increases, especially at a time when inflation was around 2%.” Our nurses and midwives have been at the forefront of our COVID-19 response and deserve our thanks for their tireless work, often in difficult circumstances. The agreement entered into force on 16 July 2020 and expires in nominal terms on 16 July 2022.