Time for a pay increase

29-Jun-2018

All members employed in NSW Health, NSW Police and the Schedule 3 Affiliated Health Organisations will receive a 2.5% salary increase from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2018.

The applications for the following Awards have been lodged with the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and we now wait for a hearing date to make the Awards:

  • Health Professional & Medical Salaries (State) Award
  • Public Hospital Career Medical Officers (State) Award
  • Public Hospital Medical Officers Award
  • Public Hospitals Medical Superintendents (State) Award
  • Staff Specialists (State) Award.

For members employed under the Crown Employees (Police Medical Officers-Clinical Forensic Medicine) (State) Award the hearing to vary that Award to incorporate the 2.5% pay increase was held on Wednesday.

Whilst ASMOF supports this salary increase it provides us with a timely 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.

This means that until the unfair policy and legalisation go we are unable to get you a pay increase above 2.5% or achieve any real and meaningful improvements to your conditions (like safer working hours) unless we agree to significant trade-offs in other areas.