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ACT Nurses discussing strike

By Barcham - 26 July 2013 14

The Nurses Union are talking strike if ACT Nurses don’t get a bigger pay increase this year, reports ABC News.

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) and the Government have been unable to reach a compromise over a new four-year pay and conditions agreement.

ANF ACT branch secretary Jenny Miragaya says the current offer is less than the expected cost of living increases.

“At the moment what’s on the table is a 2 per cent pay increase which is less than CPI [consumer price index] and it does nothing to actually value and respect the nurses and the midwives,” she said.

“They were unable to meet the very reasonable offer made by the members.

“The members had directed the ANF that if they couldn’t meet those conditions that we were to seek a protected action ballot from the Fair Work Commission.”

On Wednesday Queanbeyan and Cooma nurses walked off the job joining colleagues across New South Wales.

The nurses were concerned about the number of nurses available to attend to each patient and its impact on patient care.

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ACT Nurses discussing strike
JimCharles 8:21 am 27 Jul 13

Sandman said :

Plenty of the private sector workers have been coping with less than CPI increases the last couple of years. Head on over to the good old US of A and plenty of people have been getting cuts instead of raises.

In Health, it’s the private sector contracted workers who are earning the big bucks. Australia needs to tighten it’s belt, but cutting pay isn’t an option, matching the CPI rate is better.

In the USA and UK and Ireland, the working conditions for public sector workers are pretty atrocious. The USA is private if you want anything resembling decent treatment, and the UK is in meltdown with a fairly similar model to Australia, but with crap pay and conditions.
They train nurses extremely well, but then the nurses emigrate to countries like Australia and NZ, or to the private sector in the USA where they can have a better job and better quality of life. The gaps in the UK service are filled by nurses from the sub-continent, Africa or Eastern Europe, because that for them is a big step up although to a native the pay is extremely poor.
The bottom line is as Australians, we have the choice to choose what standard of treatment we want and how much we pay for it.
Or you could go down the UK route and end up with this :
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/5013633/Deaths-squads-deployed-at-14-NHS-hospitals-over-13000-lost-lives.html

Jethro 7:33 am 27 Jul 13

Sandman said :

Plenty of the private sector workers have been coping with less than CPI increases the last couple of years. Head on over to the good old US of A and plenty of people have been getting cuts instead of raises.

So we should model our economy on America’s, where people can work two full time jobs and still not earn a living wage? Sounds like a plan.

Sandman 9:56 pm 26 Jul 13

Plenty of the private sector workers have been coping with less than CPI increases the last couple of years. Head on over to the good old US of A and plenty of people have been getting cuts instead of raises.

Jethro 7:34 pm 26 Jul 13

Roundhead89 said :

…And people wonder why Australia has the highest cost of living in the world and why companies are outsourcing to India and China.

I agree. The nerve of these people demanding their pay increases at least in line with inflation.

And of all people – f***ing nurses, some of the least useful members of society. I for one welcome the idea of outsourcing their work to India. Next time I’m in hospital and need a catheter inserted into my urethra, I’m sure some lovely Indian will tell me how to do it over the phone.

IrishPete 7:21 pm 26 Jul 13

Roundhead89 said :

…And people wonder why Australia has the highest cost of living in the world and why companies are outsourcing to India and China.

I presume you are being sarcastic, or you do you really think that public sector workers doing essential work should take a pay cut? Because an increase below CPI is a pay cut.

IP

Deckard 6:47 pm 26 Jul 13

Roundhead89 said :

…And people wonder why Australia has the highest cost of living in the world and why companies are outsourcing to India and China.

What? 2% too much for you?

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:25 pm 26 Jul 13

Nurses need a far higher increase than 2%

Antagonist 5:17 pm 26 Jul 13

I don’t mind nurses discussing strikes, but personally I would be much more interested in nurses discussing breasts.

Roundhead89 4:45 pm 26 Jul 13

…And people wonder why Australia has the highest cost of living in the world and why companies are outsourcing to India and China.

schmeah 2:58 pm 26 Jul 13

2% ..for some of our hardest working health sector workers … shameful offer..

dungfungus 2:28 pm 26 Jul 13

bundah said :

Given 2% is less than CPI the pay increase they’re seeking seems quite reasonable.

I agree, given that the CPI is no longer a valid measure of the cost of living (especially in Canberra).
Anyone get advice this week that yearly NSW fishing license renewals have risen 17%?.

dungfungus 2:25 pm 26 Jul 13

“On Wednesday Queanbeyan and Cooma nurses walked off the job joining colleagues across New South Wales”

“some” nurses walked off the job would have been more accurate reporting.

DrKoresh 1:31 pm 26 Jul 13

Damn nurses and teachers, always pissing and moaning to get an increase to their already fat pay checks without doing anything useful for the community.

bundah 10:30 am 26 Jul 13

Given 2% is less than CPI the pay increase they’re seeking seems quite reasonable.

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