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NSW Paramedics are currently the lowest paid in the country thanks to the Wages Policy and a Government that doesn't value our service.
The wages policy is a law that's been in place since 2011 making it illegal for NSW Public sector workers, such as those working in emergency services, to receive a pay rise above 2.5% without trade-offs.
In order to achieve the professional rates of pay we deserve, we have teamed up with the unions of other emergency service workers to run a ground campaign for an exemption from the Wages Policy.
In order to get a pay rise from the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), you need to find savings of $4 million for every 1% pay rise above 2.5%. This means trading off conditions (such as penalties) as the Ministry of Health sees fit.
A boots-on-the-ground campaign allows us to bypass the IRC and directly change legislation through collective action and power.
Once we win an exemption to the Wages Policy - or better yet - have the Wages Policy overturned for all, we can fight for Professional Wages.
Paramedics in NSW are now registered professionals with a high level of clinical skills and responsibility. Professional wages would reflect the clinical excellence of this workforce.
Other industries that have professionalised have fought for and won pay rises as big as 39%
The Ambulance Division of the HSU will fight for a pay rise that is in line with the value of service that NSW paramedics provide. As a ballpark figure, this would mean a pay rise of 35-45%.
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