The delay in negotiations was due to the Queensland state election period, where the government, in caretaker mode, was unable to give instructions on any formal offer. Under EB7 we agreed that further work by the body is required around a number of critical areas including the Business Planning Framework and workloads, Models of Nursing and Midwifery, working arrangements, and classification and career structures (including those for Enrolled Nurses and Nurse Unit Managers).
EDITORIAL EB7 now in your hands Public sector nurses and midwives are being the ball rolling. If this EB7 agreement is asked to vote on a 12.5% wage rise and other approved, it will mean that by April 2011 conditions on offer in Queensland Health’s Queensland Health nurses and midwives will proposed EB7 agreement. have received a 35.5% pay increase in less This offer is the culmination of months of than six years. negotiations and years of policy development In this current economic climate that’s a by members and branches at QNU Annual considerable outcome, particularly in light Conference. of Tasmania’s recent freeze on public sector These negotiations took place amid a wage rises, including those for nurses and deteriorating economic environment with midwives. a deficit budget to be handed down in mid But a wage rise isn’t the only thing we’ve June. achieved in the proposed EB7 agreement. Now, with support from QNU members Gay Hawksworth For EB6 and again for EB7 the QNU and at Report Back Meetings in May for the QNU Secretary Queensland Health agreed that a partnership formal offer to proceed to ballot, it’s up to all approach was the best way to address Queensland Health nurses and midwives to nursing, midwifery and health issues, and determine whether the proposed agreement an Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) approach is in the best interests of the majority. was the best way to progress negotiations. Members have been informed every step Subsequently, the QNU and Queensland of the way in the development of this offer, Health agreed under EB7 that work should through regular newsletters, journal and continue through a peak body to advance website articles and member meetings, the interests and issues of the public sector we’ve communicated the key issues since the nursing and midwifery workforce. QNU and Queensland Health first started While the body has changed names from negotiations in October 2008. the Nurses’ Interest Based B
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