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Posted Wed May 13, 2009 8:00am AEST
Updated Wed May 13, 2009 8:06am AEST

The Community and Public Sector Union has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to remove the extra 2 per cent efficiency dividend imposed on the public sector.

The Government did not include the additional dividend in last night’s Budget. Government departments will now have to reduce their running costs by 1.25 per cent rather than 3.25 per cent over the next financial year.

CPSU national secretary Stephen Jones says while the union would like to see the efficiency dividend removed altogether, it is a welcome first step.

“It’s a welcome surprise, we’ve been campaigning hard in the community over the last nine months to have that special efficiency dividend knocked off,” he said.

“That’s a good start but there’s more work to be done to ensure that this blunt instrument which is a tax on jobs and a tax on services is removed from the Budget in future years.”

Mr Jones says on the jobs front, the Budget has delivered mixed results.

He says the Government has created around 3,200 real jobs.

“Unfortunately at the same time it’s axed around 1,700 existing positions, that to us doesn’t make sense – you don’t create jobs by cutting them,” he said.

“So on a critical test, the Government gets about five out of 10 on public sector jobs.”

May 03, 2009

PUBLIC hospital nurses will seek their first night shift allowance increase in more than 30 years at a NSW Industrial Relations Commission hearing this week.

The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) wants night shift penalty rates increased from 15 per cent to 25 per cent and for the penalties to apply on weekends.

This would mean an extra $130 a week for nurses or midwives who do an entire week of night shifts.

Witnesses from the union, NSW Health and nurses from hospitals around the state will give evidence in Sydney from Monday.

Nurses are expected to tell the commission about the difficulties of working night shifts including poor sleep, health problems and disruption of family and social life.

Union president Brett Holmes said night duty penalty rates hadn’t increased for public hospital nurses since 1975.

“The NSWNA does not believe the current rate of 15 per cent fairly and adequately compensates nurses for the social, domestic and health disadvantages experienced when they work night shift,” he said in a statement on Sunday.,25197,25422045-5006784,00.html