Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:06:02 +1000
Subject: QLD Nurse Pay-Packets Boosted This Week
Media Release: Minister for Health The Honourable Lawrence Springborg
QLD Nurse Pay-Packets Boosted This Week
Queensland Health’s over 32,000 public nurses and midwives have this week received their final instalment of an almost 10% pay increase since the Newman LNP government was elected to office just over two years ago. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the pay packet boost was in sharp contrast to the trauma experienced by nurses and midwives under the previous government when they couldn’t even be guaranteed a regular pay-packet thanks to Labor’s infamous billion-dollar payroll debacle.
Media Note: Fast Facts on Nurse pay increases are at the end of this release
Mr Springborg said this week’s third instalment of the LNP’s pay increase meant the average nurse or midwife would receive $242 per fortnight more in their pay packet than just two years ago under Labor. He said the Newman Government’s pay increase had also been acknowledged by the Labor Party aligned Queensland Nurses Union which conceded in its annual report to members “keeps Queensland Health nurses and midwives amongst the highest paid in the country”.
From this month the average Queensland Health Nurse, on a Grade 5.5 level, will receive an annual salary of $73,757 compared with two years ago when it was just $67,439. "This isn’t just about an LNP Government rewarding and valuing our frontline staff, it’s also about investing in them and the entire profession,” Mr Springborg said. The pay increases, which amount to 3.16% per annum over three years, were in addition to significant reforms which empowered nurses in the workplace including new rules that ensured a nurse was on every single Hospital and Health Board in Queensland.
Mr Springborg said he and the Premier had adopted a “can do” approach to valuing and empowering nurses and midwives after thousands had been forced to take out loans or apply for emergency cash payments under the previous government when they couldn’t be guaranteed a basic fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. "Luckily, the horror of Labor’s payroll debacle is now under control. It will have an impact for years to come, but this can-do Newman Government has ensured that not only are our nurses actually getting their pay-packets, but they are getting almost 10% more than they were before the change of government”, he said. Mr Springborg said it was ironic that the nurses’ union was now demanding that privately employed nurses be paid the same as public nurses.
“Queenslanders would well remember that under Labor there wasn’t a private sector nurse anywhere in Australia that wanted to be paid or treated the way Queensland Health nurses were under Labor - not one!. The fact that the LNP has now set a national benchmark for nursing pay and conditions, speaks volumes about just how much we have been able to turn Queensland Health around in two years”, he said.
Mr Springborg once again paid tribute to the thousands of Queensland nurses that were helping improve hospital waiting-lists across the state.
· Average Nurse (Grade 5.5) received $2584.94 per fortnight under Labor; from this week they will receive $2827.1 per fortnight which equals a $242.16 increase per fortnight.
· Average Nurse (Grade 5.5) received $67,439 per fortnight under Labor; from this week they will receive $73,757 fortnight;
· There are twelve grades of nursing and midwifery employees, and 50 different pay levels.
(ENDS) 27 April 2014
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