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Lightning Ridge health workers demand better pay

Health Services Union workers lobby for better conditions. Photo TWH

Health Services Union members recently united in a state-wide strike over delayed salary increases.

In a show of solidarity, members of the union at Lightning Ridge Branch participated in a 30-minute strike demanding immediate pay rises.

Paramedics, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in New South Wales are intensifying their industrial action, expressing impatience with the delayed implementation of promised salary hikes, even two months after the Labor Party assumed power.

The removal of the three per cent public sector wage cap was a key commitment made by Labor during its election campaign, and union members are disappointed by the lack of progress.

The HSU is advocating for a six per cent salary increase, accompanied by a 0.5 per cent boost in superannuation, as they argue that pay rises have failed to keep up with inflation.

Gerard Hayes, the union’s leader, expressed deep dissatisfaction with the government’s lack of action in the face of rising living costs.

“There is still a significant amount of talk and little action,” Hayes told AAP on Monday, adding, “This is compounded by the fact that two years ago, the union only secured a 0.3 per cent increase.” […]

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