Nurses pay boost delivers 12% more in pay packets under LNP









Nurses pay boost delivers 12% more in pay packets under LNP


Queensland Nurses and midwives have been granted their fourth pay-rise since the election of the Newman LNP Government, making them overall about 12% better off than they were under Labor.


The increase comes on top of a $500 boost to annual base salaries as part of the 2012 EB8 agreement, due on March 31, 2015.  As a result a Grade 5 nurse at pay point 5 will earn an equivalent wage increase of 2.89% in 2015.


State Member for Pine Rivers, Seath Holswich advises following comment from the Health Minister, that the increase would ensure nurses and midwives were not disadvantaged by an extension of time provided to complete the modernization of the Nurses and Midwives’ award.  This is extension, to the second half of 2015, was granted by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in response to concerns expressed by the Queensland Nurses Union (QNU).


Mr. Holswich said “this decision shows the strong recognition and value the Queensland Government places on the frontline profession of nursing and midwifery”.


Minister Springborg said the 2.2% increase was consistent with increases received by other Queensland Health employees in similar circumstances.  Enterprise bargaining would follow the award modernization process and would determine whether benefits and entitlements beyond 2.2% would apply.


[ENDS] 10 October 2014


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