Doctors will fight the wage freeze

01-Jun-2020

 

Dear Member

ASMOF is deeply disappointed that the NSW Government has decided to press ahead and freeze the wages and conditions of thousands of doctors working in public hospitals across NSW. At the same time that we are told that we are heroes, the NSW Government docks our pay and our ability to negotiate for better conditions. Read our media statement here.

Today ASMOF made an application to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to vary all of our Awards to include the 2.5% pay increase. There is no sound economic rationale for the freeze and it will worsen an environment which is already hostile to increases in legal protections for doctors. It will also exacerbate the inequity between NSW junior doctors and those in other states. Junior doctors in NSW already have some of the poorest working conditions across Australia.

Doctors, nurses and our colleagues across Health have been on the frontline of this crisis and we stand together. We won’t let it be used as an excuse to further weaken our conditions.
We can stop this pay cut!

ASMOF is part of a Unions NSW led campaign to ensure that the Government is unable to pass the necessary regulation through Parliament to imposes the wage freeze. Unions have been lobbying the Labor Party and cross benchers to vote against this in Parliament on Tuesday.

There are three things you can do to help the campaign.

1. Sign the petition

Join the 18 000 who have already signed up to voice their opposition to the pay freeze
2. Join in one of the Public Sector Pay Cut Rallies next Tuesday 2 June:
Ten-person rally outside MP’s offices 11am – 12pm:
  • 14 State Liberal & National MP’s that are marginal or influential will be targeted.
  • We are aiming to have ASMOF members be part of the 10 union members at each the rallies with giant message placards between 11am – 12pm.
  • Are you in or near Baulkham Hills, Bega, Revesby, Epping, Goulburn, Engadine, Hammondville, Queanbeyan, Penrith, Tweed Heads South Muswellbrook, Dee Why, Naremburn or Tahmoor?
  • If you’re available on Tuesday from 11-12 we want to hear from you! Email asmof@asmof.org.au
“Welcoming” Rally NSW Parliament (Hospital Rd) 8am – 4pm
  • From 8am through to 4pm a social distanced rally has been organised to “welcome” and “send off” MP’s as they come into work that day with our messages. Please advise if you can attend asmof@asmof.org.au
3. Ask your colleagues and friends to join their Union!

Together we can fight the freeze.


Dr Tony Sara,
ASMOF NSW President.