Health workers in New South Wales will be getting a one-time $3,000 cash payment.
The payment is part of a broader public sector wages policy announced by the NSW government, which will see nurses, teachers and paramedics getting a pay rise.
The new two-year policy provides a 3 per cent pay increase per annum in 2022-23 and 2023-24, with a possible further 0.5 per cent on offer in 2023-24 for employees that make a substantial contribution to productivity-enhancing reforms.
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This provides for remuneration increases of up to 6.5 per cent over two years under the new policy.
The policy will apply to new industrial agreements that are struck from July 1, 2022.
The one-off payment of $3,000 will be provided to employees in the NSW Health Service in recognition of their work on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The payment covers paramedics, midwives, cleaners and all other permanent staff employed by the NSW Health Service.
“A strong public service is essential to delivering what matters to make daily life better,” NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said.
Treasurer Matt Kean said the increase in wages was fair and sustainable in the current economic climate.
“NSW is currently enjoying the lowest unemployment on record and it is important to maintain competitive wages to attract and retain the best talent,” he said.
Minister for Employee Relations Damien Tudehope said a $3,000 one-off payment to health workers was recognition of a workforce that had stepped up, above and beyond.
“The health workforce went to extraordinary lengths during the pandemic and has earned the admiration and gratitude of the entire state,” Tudehope said.