Nurses show how to fight and win

Lenny Colton & Tom Barnes, Socialist Worker (Australia), November
16, 2007 Industrial action by Victorian nurses has defeated attempts by
the State Labor government to impose an arbitrary cap on public sector
pay. Nine days of work bans and mass meetings led to pay rises of
between 3. 8 and 6 per cent-breaking Premier Brumby's 3.25 per cent
limit-and victories that include the retention of nurse-patient ratios
and a promise to fund 300 extras nurses. ... I was elated to see how strong and
unshakable a union can be when members stick together, especially in
the face of WorkChoices and the almost constant bullying and harassment
by upper management in some of the hospitals. ... Nurses