“It’s left a bitter taste”: Shellharbour nurses take action against wage freeze
Provoked by the Berejiklian Government’s public sector wage freeze, nurses and midwives rallied near Shellharbour Hospital.
NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members said they felt rejected and undervalued by the Berejiklian Government’s decision to offer an insulting 0.3% wage increase, despite previously promising 2.5%.
NSWNMA Shellharbour Hospital Branch Secretary, Amanda Wells, said members felt compelled to hold a rally and highlight their extreme disappointment in the decision.
“We were just gobsmacked. After supporting our community through one of the toughest years, it’s still shocking to find out how little the Berejiklian Government values our contribution,” said Ms Wells.
“It’s incredibly frustrating and has left a bitter taste in our mouths.
“The 0.3% wage freeze isn’t just going to impact public sector workers. Our whole community is already struggling with the economic impacts from COVID-19 and this wage freeze will only inflict more harm.
“We won’t take this decision lying down.”