2.5% PAY INCREASE FOR 2017/18

16-Jun-2017
     



The ASMOF NSW State Council, the governing body of the union, has endorsed acceptance of a NSW Health offer of a 2.5 per cent pay increase for one year for the Staff Specialists (State) Award and the Public Hospital Medical Superintendents Award.

ASMOF and NSW Health are finalising the terms of settlement for the Career Medical Officers Overpayment Dispute (Matter No 2016/00335947) which will see a variation to the Public Hospital Career Medical Officers (State) Award, inclusive of a 2.5 per cent pay increase.

As reported last week we continue to negotiate with NSW Health for changes to the Public Hospital (Medical Officers) Award to address the issue of JMO health and well-being.

We are pursuing changes that will mean medical officers:
  • cannot be rostered in a way that causes an excessive or unsafe work pattern to exist.
  • will for the first time ever have a cap on shift length.
  • will for the first time ever have a mandatory minimum break between shifts
  • will have a cap on the number of consecutive days they can be rostered.
  • will have a cap on the number of consecutive night shifts they can work.
  • will have enforceable workload monitoring provisions
However, we will not hold up the payment of the 2.5 per cent salary increase whilst we continue to fight for these improvements.

A reminder about the NSW Wages Policy
The NSW Government has established an unfair policy and legislative framework which makes it very difficult for unions like ASMOF to fight for improved wages and conditions for our members.

The Policy of the NSW Government means:
  • Public sector employees may be awarded increases in remuneration or other conditions of employment that do not increase costs by more than 2.5 per cent per annum.
  • increases in remuneration or other conditions of employment that increase employee related costs by more than 2.5 per cent per annum can be awarded, but only if sufficient employee related cost savings have been achieved to fully offset the increased employee related costs.
  • employee related costs are costs related to the salary, wages, allowances, superannuation and other remuneration payable to the public-sector employees
  • no value is to be assigned to productivity improvements unless they are directly identified with changes to remuneration and conditions of employment or work practices specifically those matters contained in industrial instruments.