RNs - South Australia

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SA nurses plan action if pay demands not met

ABC Online, May 29, 2007 A pay offer is expected today from the State Government for South Australian nurses. The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) wants a 14 per cent pay rise over two years for its 11,000 members. ANF industrial officer Rob Bonner says the increase would bring the salaries of the state's nurses in line with interstate standards. He says nurses plan to take industrial action if the Government does not meet their demands. ... SA

Agency nurses costing $22m

Michael Owen, Advertiser, February 21, 2007 A shortage of more than 250 nurses is forcing the State Government to pay $22 million a year to private agencies to keep public wards open. Internal SA Health Department documents obtained by The Advertiser under Freedom of Information laws reveal how public hospitals across the state are struggling to retain and recruit nurses and midwives. The FoI documents show that in the metropolitan area there were 195.96 "positions actively recruited" on June 1 last year, compared with 166.57 at June 1, 2005. And in country areas, there were 61.87 unfilled positions compared with 63.10 in 2005. The vacancies list, for registered and enrolled nurses and midwives, shows positions to a decimal point in some cases as some positions are part-time. ... Agency

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