Wednesday 7 February 2018
Members are rightly upset about the continued overreaction of NSWA. If anything, the latest letters from NSWA and the email from the Chief Executive, have emboldened paramedics to remain steadfast on our stand. To use the protection of children as an excuse for wage theft is a new low for the NSW Government. APA (NSW) will continue to support every paramedic who follows our instruction not to accept a wage cut.
To make our position crystal clear, APA (NSW) supports the protection of children with the WWCC. However, APA (NSW) and its members do not believe that employees should have to pay for the fee related to this check. This should be borne by the employer.
APA (NSW) says NO to wage theft, NO to bullying and NO to coercion. We are staggered that NSWA management are using these tactics to justify a wage cut.
Now that every paramedic in the state is standing together, it is time for the NSWA Chief Executive to demonstrate his often-stated commitment to paramedics by standing with us on this issue.
We remind every paramedic that we have provided 14 days for the NSW Treasurer to address this issue. This provides adequate time for every stakeholder to resolve this dispute and ensure children’s safety. Should this not occur, or should our members continue to be unduly pressured, APA (NSW) reiterates that we are committed to utilise any industrial strategies necessary.
Until then, stay strong and stay united.
APA (NSW) Executive
The Paramedics Union
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