Late last month APA (NSW) accepted a 2.5% pay offer from the Ministry of Health (MoH). This offer is not a reflection of the value of paramedics to the community or the hard work done by APA (NSW) members every day. The 2.5% increase is a limitation of the NSW Government’s Public Sector Wages Policy which has been place since 2011. This policy has made it more and more difficult for paramedics and other public sector employees to improve their quality of life without trading off conditions which APA (NSW) is not willing to undertake.
The ongoing impact of this policy is compounding on our members and it needs to be amended. APA (NSW) encourages its members to contact your local state representative about the impact this has on your lives. APA (NSW) is willing to work with NSW parliamentarians to develop a fairer policy, which will allow paramedics to support their families and the community at the same time.
MoH lodged the required documents with the IRC on 30 June 2016, and the process to finalise these should be short given there is agreement between all parties. Regardless of how long the process takes, APA (NSW) has confirmed with MoH that all pay increases will be backdated to 1 July 2016.
APA (NSW) Executive
Your Choice, Your Voice
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