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  • Thousands of nurses to vote on government pay offer

    Author: AAP

Thousands of Victorian nurses will stop all industrial action if they vote in favour of a new "improved" pay offer from the state government.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation members closed one in four hospital beds and cancelled some surgeries on Friday for about eight hours due to the industrial dispute.

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The union struck an in-principal agreement with the state government but has not publicly revealed the details of the offer.

That will change when members vote on Monday afternoon on whether to accept what Victorian branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick described as an "improved wages, allowances and conditions offer".

The federation had previously rejected a three per cent pay rise with an annual $1500 payment.

Members are still participating in stage one of their industrial action, which involves wearing union T-shirts at work, refusing to work overtime and not completing paperwork.

Several other prominent unions are negotiating new agreements and have staged industrial action in the past 12 months.

The state's ambulance union remains locked in negotiations over its new deal and is in the first stage of industrial action, with members due to vote on additional action in the coming weeks.

Regional train line workers staged more than half a dozen strikes earlier this year while speed camera operators who work for Serco walked off the job for 24 hours in January.

The Police Association called off action in late 2023 after the force committed to addressing shift lengths and ticked off a 1.75 per cent "goodwill" pay rise, with negotiations continuing this year.

The Victorian government has capped pay rises across the public sector at three per cent.


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