Stand Up: Public Sector Enterprise Bargaining

Given the medical, social and economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the dangers facing frontline workers, it has never been more important that South Australia’s nurses and midwives be afforded certainty and security during these very uncertain times.

Your Enterprise Bargaining Agreement and next steps

Updated 20 May 2020

After months of protracted negotiations with the Marshall State Government, the Council met on 11 May to consider members’ preferences on the recent proposals provided. They determined, in line with the unanimous decision of the Worksite Representative Committee, and the largest share of members survey responses, to conclude an in-principle agreement.




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Safe Staffing

  • Safe staffing because for every extra patient in a nurse's care there is a 12% increase in inpatient deaths.




A stronger, future, workforce capacity

  • A stronger, future, workforce capacity, because South Australia is set to lose 1 in 2 nurses to retirement in the next six years. Who will replace them to take care of you? Watch the video for a nurse's story.




Conditions that attract and retain staff

  • Conditions that attract and retain staff to the workforce, because 1 in 5 nurses are considering leaving their positions amid worsening working conditions and violence.

Latest News

Marshall Government 'Putting lives at risk'

Nurses and midwives have been hopeful of being able to resolve a range of issues relating to basic working conditions through a new enterprise bargaining agreement which was promised and not delivered. The back-and-forth bargaining process has been going on since May 2019 and at a time when nurses and midwives are under more pressure than every before, they have been let down badly.
ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM

"Everybody, from the Prime Minister down, is talking about how important nurses are...the Marshall Government needs to deliver some certainty for our nurses and midwives’’