RNs - New South Wales

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Aged care nurses want detail on AWAs

ABC News, March 28, 2007
The Australian Nursing Federation says it fears for nurses on New South Wales' north coast in relation to Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs). The federation's assistant federal secretary, Ged Kearney, says more detail is needed in relation to the agreements and also federal funding. Ms Kearney says she is worried nurses on the north coast, many of whom work in aged care, could still be hit with enforced agreements. "Mr Howard has said that he won't introduce AWAs for nurses in the health care system," she said. "He's backed right away from the situation, but is he going to make the same offers to nurses working in aged care, who already earn a lot less than nurses working in the public sector? © 2007 Australian Broadcasting

NSW nurses demand more pay from PM

Village Voice, March 27, 2007 Prime Minister John Howard should put his money where his mouth is and raise the wages of aged-care nurses, says the NSW Nurses' Association (NSWNA). In federal parliament on Monday, Mr Howard said nurses were "grossly underpaid" for the "onerous work they carry out". "I happen to think that state governments should be a lot more generous with the nurses of this country and I would give some advice to the re-elected Premier (Morris Iemma) of NSW - you ought to pay nurses more generously," Mr Howard told federal parliament. But NSWNA general secretary Brett Holmes said pay was higher for nurses working in the NSW public health system than for nurses working in the state as aged care nurses under the federal system. ... NSW

Nurses safe from AWAs

Malcolm Farr, Daily Telegraph, March 27, 2007 John Howard yesterday had to pledge he won't force nurses on to individual wage agreements, despite championing AWAs. However, he appeared to acknowledge that the Australian Workplace Agreements were used to cut wages. The Prime Minister defended all aspects of the WorkChoices laws introduced last March and said the NSW election result would not bring major changes to them. "The contribution that WorkChoices makes to the future strengthening of the Australian economy is undoubted and that is why the Government remains committed to WorkChoices," Mr Howard said. ... Nurses

Talk Is Cheap, Prime Minister

If Nurses Are "Grossly Underpaid," Then Fix Up Aged Care. New South Wales Nurses Association, March 27, 2007 If the Prime Minister, John Howard, really believes nurses are "grossly underpaid" then why has he consistently failed to fix the lower wages paid to nurses in the federally-funded aged care sector, the NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) said today. NSWNA general secretary, Brett Holmes said talk is cheap and everyone knows actions speak louder than words. The NSWNA was responding to Mr Howard’s comments in yesterday’s (26 March) House of Representatives’ Question Time, when he said ... Talk

PM rules out pushing nurses on to AWAs

Maria Hawthorne, AAP, March 26, 2007 Prime Minister John Howard has been forced to rule out plans to push nurses on to AWAs as polls showed a voter backlash against his industrial relations laws. Exit polls conducted by unions and an ACNielsen poll in Fairfax papers suggested the WorkChoices regime was a decisive factor in the weekend re-election of the Iemma Labor Government in New South Wales. Federal Labor immediately went on the attack, accusing the Government of wanting to force nurses on to individual contracts and of burying a report which showed Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) were cutting workers' conditions. But Mr Howard vowed to stick by the laws, which came into effect a year ago tomorrow, saying they were vital for Australia's economic prosperity. ... PM

Job Cuts = Service Cuts Rally

New South Wales Nurses Association, March 14, 2007 For the last year the Public Sector Association has been running a Job Cuts = Service Cuts campaign to oppose public service job cuts by both Labor and Liberal/National Governments. PSA members' have had numerous public meetings across the state, meetings which have served to publicise the link between job cuts and service cuts. They are continuing to expose the damage to services that Peter Debnam's 20,000 job cuts will do. The campaign is continuing and gaining momentum. ... Job

NSW Nationals' Confirm Nurses At Risk From Coalition IR Policies & Spectacular "Sea of Nurses Faces" In Sydney Today

New South Wales Nurses Association, March 15, 2007 The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) will wrap up the State election phase of its Nurses Rights at Work: Worth Fighting and Voting For campaign, in the Sydney Domain tomorrow (14 March), with a spectacular display of thousands of nurses' faces depicting the potential impact of WorkChoices-style industrial relations laws on the nurse shortage. Similar events have already been held in western Sydney, the central coast, mid north coast, Northern Rivers, NSW far west, the Hunter, the New England, the south coast, the Illawarra and the greater Murray region. ... NSW

Nurses protest IR changes in Sydney

AAP, March 14, 2007 Photographs of 1,000 NSW nurses graced the lawns of The Domain in Sydney on Wednesday in a protest aimed at keeping federal labour laws out of state hospitals. Nurses have been running a campaign to re-elect the NSW Labor government on March 24 after it passed legislation protecting public hospital nurses from the new federal Work Choices laws. NSW Nurses Association general secretary Brett Holmes said the photographs were the final event in the Nurses Rights at Work campaign. "This spectacular sea of nurses' faces you see before you represents the human face of this battle to protect the wages and working conditions of public hospital nurses, the very front-line people who keep our hospitals and health services running," he said. ... Nurses

"Sea Of Nurses Faces" in Broken Hill Highlights Public Hospital Risk From Liberal IR Policies

New South Wales Nurses Association, March 7, 2007 NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) members in Broken Hill will step up their Nurses Rights at Work: Worth Fighting and Voting For campaign today (7 March) with a regional event depicting the impact of State and federal industrial relations laws on the nurse shortage. Photos of many concerned nurses from across the Far West will be assembled in a "Sea of Nurses Faces" at today's event. This will show the community the human face of this important State election issue within their local area. The Nurses Rights at Work: Worth Fighting and Voting For campaign is being run in the lead up to the NSW State election on March 24 to highlight the negative impact laws such as John Howard's new industrial relations laws would have on recent, successful efforts to overcome the nurse shortage in NSW public hospitals. ... Sea

NSW Public Hospital Nurses Win Big Improvements In Continuing Education Allowances

New South Wales Nurses Association, February 26, 2007 Some hospital-trained nurses will get an immediate $15 extra a week ($780 a year) as the NSW industrial relations system again proves its value to public hospital nurses. Thousands of public hospital nurses across NSW, who have hospital-based post-registration qualifications in specialties such as midwifery, mental health, operating theatres and intensive care, are now eligible for a $15.00 per week Continuing Education Allowance as a result of a decision handed down in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission today (26 February). ... NSW

Union yet to offer support for nurse bank plan

ABC, February 20, 2007 The nurses' union is yet to lend support to Greater Southern Area Health's bid to implement a new staffing system to help address the nurse shortage. The New South Wales Nurses Association's Wagga spokeswoman, Tania Gleeson, says the proposed 'nurse bank' appears to ask casual nurses to sign up as permanents with a minimum of 32 hours work per fortnight. The union is concerned the proposal would remove nurses' choice about where and when they work. Ms Gleeson says the association has asked for more detail about the plan. ... Union

Job Cuts = Service Cuts Rally

New South Wales Nurses Association, February 19, 2007 For the last year the Public Sector Association has been running a Job Cuts = Service Cuts campaign to oppose public service job cuts by both Labor and Liberal/National Governments. PSA members' have had numerous public meetings across the state, meetings which have served to publicise the link between job cuts and service cuts. They are continuing to expose the damage to services that Peter Debnam's 20,000 job cuts will do. The campaign is continuing and gaining momentum. Unions NSW has been supportive of the campaign throughout and is now joining with us having a pre-election rally at Sydney Town Hall. ... Job

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New South Wales Nurses Association, February 19, 2007
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NSW Opposition claims ALP tricked nurses

Sydney Morning Herald, February 15, 2007 Nurses across NSW are angry they were deceived into supporting an advertising campaign urging people to vote for Labor at next month's state election, the opposition says. The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) launched a $1.2 million advertising campaign urging people to protect nurses' working rights by voting for Labor at the March 24 election. The radio, television and print campaign says the NSW government has provided protection from the federal government's industrial relations laws, whereas a coalition government could not be trusted to do the same. ... NSW

NSW nurses to run pro-Labor election ads

Village Voice, February 15, 2007 NSW nurses have launched a $1.2 million advertising campaign urging people to vote Labor in next month's state election. The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) advertisements claim the NSW government has played a major role in alleviating the state's nurse shortage by protecting nurses from the federal government's industrial relations laws. "The people of NSW have a choice as to whether they wish to help keep those protections in place, and we're asking them to consider that when they go to the ballot box (on March 24)," NSWNA general secretary Brett Holmes said. ... NSW

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