Doctors, nurses and enrolled nurses achieve in-principle agreements
In line with the Liberal National Government's wages policy
39,159 health staff will now benefit from pay rises
The Liberal National Government has welcomed in-principle agreement between the Department of Health and the Australian Medical Association of Western Australia (AMA WA), the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) and United Voice, for a 1.5 per cent per year pay increase for doctors, nurses and enrolled nurses.
Treasurer Mike Nahan, Health Minister John Day and Commerce Minister Michael Mischin commended all parties for the successful conclusion of the wage negotiations.
"These are responsible and welcome agreements in line with the Government's wages policy," Dr Nahan said.
"It required a strong commitment and co-operation between the Department of Health and the AMA WA, the ANF and United Voice."
Mr Day said the agreements would help ensure the retention and attraction of high-quality staff.
"This is the right decision for doctors, nurses and enrolled nurses in WA," Mr Day said.
"It rewards the State's dedicated medical and nursing staff, while ensuring the financial sustainability of our health system."
Mr Mischin said the ANF agreement was effective immediately, with the AMA WA agreement effective from October 1, 2016 and the United Voice enrolled nurses' agreement effective from October 7, 2016.
"The in-principle agreements follow a new agreement with the Health Services Union of Western Australia earlier this year," Mr Mischin said.
"Annual pay increases will now be awarded to about 39,159 health care staff for up to three years."
The pay increases of 1.5% a year will go to about 15,959 registered nurses, 2,700 enrolled nurses, 4,500 doctors and 16,000 allied health professionals, administrators and managers
The AMA WA agreement is for three years
The nurses and enrolled nurses agreements will run for two years
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