“Heartless and thankless”
This letter was sent by registered nurse and midwife Jennifer Greed to her local MP (South Coast), Shelley Hancock.
As a registered nurse and midwife of 43 years service and local South Coast resident I would like to express my extreme disappointment at the plan to freeze the upcoming 2.5 per cent wage rise of the hardworking and long-suffering nurses and midwives of NSW.
It is particularly galling when these are the very people who have gone above and beyond to serve all the members of our community during the COVID-19 health crisis and are not exactly among the highest paid members of our community.
I would go as far as to suggest it is bordering on heartless and thankless to, on the one hand, say how grateful the government is for our service and with the other hand take from us what is hardly a princely or exorbitant wage increase.
This comes on top of a year when our annual registration fee has risen approximately three per cent and no consideration to giving us any exemptions from this payment.
As the wife of a local small business owner who has battled through the fires and now this current crisis, to know that my own wages are to be frozen is pretty devastating, I can tell you, and tells me my true worth and those of other hardworking and deserving public servants in our community to our NSW government.