Mental health nurses end industrial unrest

ABC Central Victoria, November 16, 2007 Victoria's mental health nurses
have halted industrial action after reaching an agreement with the
State Government on pay and conditions. Nurses from around the state
met in Melbourne yesterday after holding stop-work meets over the past
week. The Health and Community Services Union's Lloyd Williams says the
new deal will provide more staff and a pay rise of up to 6 per cent
over four years for nurses. He says staff shortages will remain
critical in the sector, but the agreement is a positive step forward.
"Mental health services will continue to be under significant
pressure," he said. "One of the real benefits of this commitment that
the Government has given us is that they are prepared to sit down and
finally deal with a comprehensive and coherent strategy to deal with
this problem longer term." © 2007 ABC