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30 June, 2021

Paramedics want more

On June 21, 2021, the government announced that public sector workers were to receive a 2.5 per cent pay rise.

By Emily Middleton

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The original 1.04 per cent offer resulted in significant push-back from the NSW paramedic community, and the Australian Paramedics Association (APA) began an industrial action strike in protest. This strike was set to continue until midday on Tuesday June 22.

“The public sector wage increases are a step forward, but it’s not going to fix the problem,” said Scott Beaton, vice president of the APA.

The 2.5 per cent increase still does not bring NSW paramedics’ pay in line with other states, Mr Beaton said, and “it will require a significant pay rise to bring us up to standard with everyone else”.

Further meetings are to take place on Tuesday June 22, after the 2.5 per cent offer is delivered in writing by the NSW government. Mr Beaton said a much more significant increase will be needed to satisfy NSW paramedics.

“Two years ago, prior to COVID-19, we had lodged an application for a 22 per cent pay rise. “So, we are going to be relodging for another wage increase later in the year,” said Mr Beaton.

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