After more than two years of negotiations, Tasmanian public sector nurses and midwives will receive a 2.3 per cent pay increase from the end of the year, as part of a new Enterprise Agreement.
ANMF state secretary Emily Shepherd said members were notified of the agreement's formal approval on Friday, following an earlier meeting with the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.
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The Tasmania State Service Agreement will see nurses and midwives receive a pay increase of 2.3 per cent from December 1, followed by 2.3 per cent, 2.35 per cent and 2.35 per cent over four years, with a nominal expiry date of 2023.
Ms Shepherd said having the agreement formally signed off could not have come at a more valuable time, with frontline staff working under extreme conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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"To be able to announce that this agreement has been signed off and back pay secured, will give them some much needed closure at a time of great uncertainty," she said.
"Nurses and midwives employed by the Tasmanian Health Service campaigned alongside the ANMF for over 24 months to bring their agreement in line with local and national standards.
"They fought for the future of nursing in Tasmania and for retention, recruitment, and recognition.
"Members should be proud of what they have achieved."
Ms Shepherd said the agreement addressed several key concerns including increased professional development, increments to assist with recruitment and retention, as well as improved professional development allowances.
"The new agreement brings the wages of these nurses and midwives in line with the broader public sector. However, the additional increments and the increased professional development allowances, mean that the overall base salary is higher," she said.
"We know that the offer will not address every concern for public sector nurses and midwives.
"Unfortunately, we have still not achieved parity with other states and territories, and this was a major concern for our members.
"However, the new agreement will go a considerable way in closing the gap in the pay differential."
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