Nurses' union give-up hope for pay rise

Sky News, March 5, 2012 The Victorian nurses' union has given up hope of winning an 18.5 per cent pay rise for its members as the dispute drags into its 118th day. Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick admitted on Monday the union had no hope of its pay demands being met. 'We don't, clearly now nine months down the track,' Ms Fitzpatrick said. She blamed the coalition government for enterprise bargaining talks dragging on for nine months when the last round of EBA negotiations under the Labor government were resolved in six days. ... Nurses