Industrial action averted as nurses get pay rise

PerthNow, October 15, 2010 Industrial action by nurses has been averted after a new pay deal was reached with the Health Department last night. The in-principle agreement will see nurses receive a 12.25 per cent wage increase over the next three years. The salary increase is the maximum available under the Government Wages Policy. Health Department boss Kim Snowball said he was pleased with the outcome. "The Australian Nursing Federation was responsible and modern in its approach, which achieved a good result for our nurses without resorting to unnecessary industrial action," Mr Snowball said. ANF state secretary Mark Olson had threatened last week to start industrial action which would have lead to one in five hospital beds being closed.