Nurses win pay rise

Nurses pay rise

United Voice members who work as enrolled nurses and assistants in nursing have reached an agreement with the State Government for a new pay deal over the next two years.

The agreement, which was accepted by the bargaining committee, includes a 1.5% increase to wages and conditions in both years, and no loss of current conditions.

The acceptance of the agreement meant conditions were protected before the current EN and AIN agreement expired, and the pay rise will be back dated to the 7th of October.  

Enrolled nurse Vickie said given the current condition of the State's economy the agreement was a reasonable outcome. 

"We haven't lost anything which is good," she said.

RNs have been waiting nearly 15 months without a pay increase due to their expired agreement.

The ANF also recently reached an agreement with the Department of Health. They also achieved 1.5% increases to wages and conditions, but have lost over 3 months of back pay, as the RN agreement expired on July 1.

While agreements have been secured for the next two years, there will be significant challenges for health workers in the future. 

A recent survey of more than 1000 WA health workers found eight out of ten believe the State Government’s management of the health system will lead to negative patient outcomes and clinical errors.

You can watch the Channel 9 News coverage of new agreement below.