Wednesday 28 February 2018
Members have been very open regarding their position with respect to the WWCC fee over the past month. That is, there is no objection to implementing checks to improve the safety of children but to impose a pay cut on paramedics is deplorable.
We will no longer tolerate the continual attack on our wages and our conditions of employment by the NSW Government. Across NSW, we are working harder every day and giving as much as we can to keep our communities safe only to be told that we are not giving enough. We are being forced to give up our breaks and working excessive hours. We are frustrated that our uniform is not fit for purpose, our workplaces are either falling apart or built with little concern for the work we do and that at times we can’t even find a vehicle at the start of shift. An opportunistic, de facto pay cut dressed up as a way to keep children safe is insulting and the last straw.
The deadline given to the NSW Government has now passed with no resolve. Therefore, effective immediately, APA (NSW) is directing members to omit dates of birth and residential addresses from all medical records (by using ‘unable to obtain’). This action will continue until revoked by APA (NSW) Executive.
To resolve this immediately the NSW Government must stop the wage theft that is the WWCC fee and provide us with the basic workplace conditions that any employee would expect in 2018. These include:
APA (NSW) Executive
The Paramedics Union
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