SA nurses and midwives get pay rise

Emily Cosenza

South Australian nurses and midwives will receive a two per cent pay rise after the majority of public sector employees voted in favour of a proposed state government agreement.

After more than 95 per cent of thousands of workers voted for the move, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) agreed on a new Enterprise Agreement that delivers the annual pay increase for the next three years.

ANMF SA chief Elizabeth Dabars said the remarkable outcome was a result of tremendous efforts of members over months of sustained campaigning.

"Even more importantly, the agreement preserves staffing levels and shift hours, against threats to undermine them," Associate Professor Dabars said.

"It also guarantees action to combat fatigue and violence against health care workers.

"This new agreement gives certainty and security to nurses and midwives at a time when they most need it, given the unpredictability of the current coronavirus environment.''