Paramedics and nurses will continue to protest the NSW Government’s proposed 12-month public pay freeze.
Paramedics began their action yesterday, with a ban on collecting patient billing information, while members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association will protest outside parliament from lunchtime today and take other action across the state.
The state government wants to freeze the pay of all public servants due to the economic damage wrought by COVID-19 restrictions.
The government later announced it would offer public servants a one-off $1000 stimulus payment, costing about $200 million, with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet arguing it would leave the government with $2.8 billion to invest in job-creating projects.
But the suggestion has been slammed by unions as insulting, with the Australian Paramedics Association executive urging action.
“For months we have put our health and our lives on the line in the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to that we worked through months of fires and then floods,” the APA executive said.
NSWNMA general secretary Brett Holmes said nurses and midwives are insulted by the government’s action and frustrated by the “hollow thank yous” from Mr Perrottet and Premier Gladys Berejiklian, especially in light of health workers’ actions during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Holmes said nurse and midwives will be looking to key members of the upper house today to block the government’s wage freeze.
Ms Berejiklian has warned that jobs are at risk if Labor and crossbenchers block the pay freeze.