SA nurses end industrial action

ABC News, September 8, 2010 Public sector nurses in South Australia have ended industrial action and mediation will begin. The Nursing and Midwifery Federation said the president of the Industrial Relations Commission would handle negotiations between the union and the SA Government. Nurses want an outcome by end of the month, or say industrial action may resume. Union official Elizabeth Dabars said a pay claim had been settled but the dispute was over other issues. "The State Government still provided no agreement on critical issues of safe staffing and safe patient care," she said. "Safe staffing levels are absolutely paramount to nurses and midwives and the community at large. We have made very clear that that intractable attitude by the State Government is not appropriate and we are seeking to resolve the matter by mediation by the end of the month."