|Issue No 22||16 July 1999|
Nurses Enter New Years Fray
NSW Nurses Association secretary Sam Moait says some private sector workers have already secured triple time, while nurses in the United Kingdom will receive five times the normal rate of pay.
Moait wants to work with other public sector employees like police, ambulance officers, the fire brigade and public transport to secure compensation for missing New Years Eve.
"Many public sector workers have no choice about whether or not they work on New Years Eve and New Years Day," Moait says. "They will be compulsorily rostered on duty so that the rest of us can be secure and safe while we enjoy the Millennium Party
She's asked Labor Council to convene a meeting of unions to coordinate an approach to the government.
Unions Ask Carr to Match Fahey
As unions wait for a response from the Carr Government on its call to make December 31, which falls on a weekday, a public holiday, they've also been reminded of the relative generosity of the former Fahey government.
HREA state secretary Michael Williamson has written to Labor Council pointing out that in 1993-94 the Fahey Government declared public holidays on December 27 and January 3, in lieu of Christmas Day and New Years Day, which both fell on a Saturday.
With the same configuration of this year's Christmas and New years Day, HREA wants the Carr Government to match Fahey's largesse.
Williamson says the public holidays for December 27 and January 3 should be in addition to a one-off public holiday on New Years Eve.
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