The government agreed to introduce a system, but not for at least two years, which the union claimed was not quick enough.
With a wage hike unlikely, Reah said the union was also trying to get the government to accept changes in nursing level increases to force individual-level wage increases.
Despite a lack of confidence in shifting wage policy, Reah said the ANF would follow its members’ lead.
ANF members began their fourth escalation of union action Wednesday with a total ban on overtime for all staff, including part-time staff. A previous ban on overtime included only full-time staff.
ANF Chief Executive Mark Olson deleted Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson’s comment earlier this week that ANF’s campaign did not have broad support from its members.
“I can assure you that when we get to the more serious end of trade union action, it will become very, very clear that support for this campaign is widespread,” he said.
According to the ANF trade union action plan, there are three weeks left for the strike to begin, which could mean that nurses leave hospitals at Christmas.
If the action continues by next Wednesday, the union will initiate a fortnight of one-day breaks in various hospitals.
Police reject the pay offer
Meanwhile, the state’s wage battle with the police will continue after the WA Police Union also voted to reject the 3% salary offer.
In a passionate letter to Police Commissioner Col Blanch, union chief Mick Kelly said the salary offer did not reflect the hard work the police did during the pandemic.
“Premier Mark McGowan has suggested that the reason he cannot offer us an annual salary increase of more than 3% is due to the need to maintain a strong financial position in the face of a global recession in 2023,” he said.
“However, the reality is that Western Australia’s strong financial situation is largely due to the hard work of police officers and other frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The premier may have made the difficult decisions, but we have implemented them.
“We are treated like regimental names and numbers on a spreadsheet, rather than real human beings who have gone further and now deserve recognition for that hard work.”
Police union members will continue their “month of action”, which includes not answering calls during breaks, until November 18.
McGowan backed his government’s pay offer on Tuesday, saying it was reasonable in the face of a likely global recession.
“We need to operate within a budget and the world is approaching recession and we need to actually be prepared for it,” he said.
“I don’t want to be in the New South Wales position with skyrocketing debt and everything out of control, I want us to be a state well prepared for what’s to come.
“We have to keep our financial firepower for this. At the same time, we are providing more generous wage increases for New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia or Tasmania, the police, nurses, civil servants, everyone else in the public sector. “