Western Australia Minister for Commerce Bill Marmion
Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Agreement Reached On Nurses Wage Deal
Victor P Taffa
The State Government has welcomed the Australian Nurses Federation’s decision to give in-principle support to the Government’s increased Pay Offer of 12.25 % over three years.
The deal, reached last night, paves the way for a Formal Agreement to be ratified by the WA Industrial Relations Commission.
Commerce Minister Bill Marmion said he was pleased the Pay Increase for Nurses was the maximum available under the Government Wages Policy.
“It provides for increases above the level of the consumer price index based on work practice reforms and efficiency improvements.” Mr. Marmion said.
“The outcome of these negotiations shows what can be achieved when the parties genuinely and constructively engage in the negotiation process.”
Health Minister Kim Hames said he was particularly pleased the pay outcome was able to be reached by negotiation and without unnecessary disruption to patients.
“This is a good outcome for nurses, for the Department of Health and for the public because we achieved this outcome without any unnecessary industrial action.” Dr. Hames said.
The Government Wages Policy was introduced on July 1, 2009 and applies to all public sector pay negotiations.
Eleven agreements have been registered and a further 12 have been agreed in principle pending registration under the Wages Policy since its inception.