Nurses’ salary boost delivers 12% more in pay packets

QUEENSLAND nurses and midwives have been granted their fourth pay-rise since the 2012 state election, making them overall about 12% better off than they were.

In a letter to local Queensland Health nurses and midwives today, Health Minister Lawrence Springborg wrote to nurses informing them of the 2.2% wage increase from April 1, 2015.

The increase comes on top of a $500 boost to annual base salaries as part of the 2012 EB8 agreement, due on March 31, 2015.

As a result a Grade 5 nurse at pay point 5 will earn an equivalent wage increase of 2.89% in 2015.

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, said the increase would ensure nurses and midwives were not disadvantaged by an extension of time provided to complete the modernisation of the Nurses and Midwives' award.

"This is strong recognition of the value this government places on the frontline profession of nursing and midwifery," Ms Frecklington said.

"The Queensland Government didn't want this delay, advocated by the QNU, to leave nurses and midwives in limbo.

"This is why the Minister has taken this opportunity to write to directly to Queensland Health staff to provide them certainty."

Ms Frecklington said the 2.2% wage increase was consistent with increases received by other Queensland Health employees in similar circumstances.

Enterprise bargaining would follow the award modernisation process and would determine whether benefits and entitlements beyond 2.2% would apply.

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