Unions NSW and public sector unions have a website 'Better Services For A Better State' where you can find information about the new laws and their impact on nurses and other public sector workers. You can also tell your local MP by email of your opposition to the new laws. Go to http://betterstate.org.au/reject-workchoices-take-action/
CHANGE TO DIRECT DEBIT
The State Government could at any time stop payroll deductions and put at risk your NSWNA membership. If you still pay your union fees by payroll deduction convert now to Direct Debit or Credit. Download a Direct Debit form from the NSWNA website www.nswnurses.asn.au or call us on Metro 8595 1234 or rural 1300 367 962.
RALLIES FOR YOUR RIGHTS AT WORK
Unions NSW held rallies outside the offices of MPs who voted to take away the rights of NSW public sector workers throughout July. These rallies will continue throughout August. For more information, visit the NSWNA or Better Services Better State websites.
KEY IMPLICATIONS OF THE REGULATIONS
* There will effectively be a wage freeze for public sector workers including nurses of 2.5%, which is well below the current CPI (inflation rate) of 3.3%.
* To achieve a pay increase over 2.5% nurses will have to make cost savings through trade-offs of other conditions.
* The regulations give the O'Farrell Government the power to roll back many important conditions of employment. These include penalty rates, overtime rates, travel allowances, meal breaks, hours of work (including lunch breaks), and any other condition in the award or agreement that is not protected by the minimum conditions of employment in the regulations.
* Even if nurses accept a 2.5% wage increase and not bargain away other conditions of employment, the Government could still have these conditions of employment reduced or removed through new regulations.
* If major savings are found through restructuring departments including redundancies, they may not be included as the 'employee-related cost savings' now needed to justify a pay increase beyond 2.5%.
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|Date:||Aug 1, 2011|
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