NURSES: ENOUGH! WE QUIT!
Here’s the latest on the bitter row between the Victorian Government and nurses that threatens to throw the State’s hospitals into chaos:
“Frustrated nurses are ready to quit en masse as their bitterly fought industrial campaign with the Victorian government drags on. Australian Nursing Federation state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick says she has received thousands of letters from nurses authorising her to resign on their behalf between February 13 and March 31.
But any resignations won’t occur before the end of February, when the union has completed a series of meetings to brief nurses at hospitals around the state on the plan.
“There is obviously a very significant number of nurses that are considering their future permanent employment in the public sector,” Ms Fitzpatrick said.
She said the nurses main concern is that they don’t want to work in a system where they don’t have ratios and where they have to be legally responsible for health assistants.” - The Age.
In November, Corinne Grant wrote for The Hoopla:
I come from a family of nurses: two aunties, a cousin, my sister and me.
Well, not me exactly. I did one year of a nursing degree and then realised I’d save more lives if I kept away from patients and became a comedian instead.
But nursing is what the women in my family do. I get pretty riled up when politicians belittle them.Victorian nurses protest against State Government budget cuts in Melbourne.
The Victorian Government recently gave its police force a 19 percent pay rise over four years. Weirdly, the Police Association wasn’t even asking for that much.
Reeling from a serious scandal – and his own Deputy Premier dragged before the Office of Police Integrity – Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu threw wads of cash at the police like a frightened six-year-old throwing bread at angry ducks.
And then it doesn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for paying police a decent wage – but if you’re going to give it to one part of the public sector and not another, you start looking a little dodgy.
The Australian Nursing Federation has now asked Baillieu for 18.5 percent over three years and eight months and, more importantly, for the nurse to patient ratio to remain at 1:4.
The Government has told them to bugger off. In fact, not only to bugger off but to accept an increase in the nurse to patient ratio to a staggering 1:10.
Denying nurses is just the start of it. Baillieu also ran on a 2010 election promise to make Victoria’s teachers the best paid in the country. Now it looks like he’s reneging on that as well.
A male-dominated work force is gifted a giant, novelty-sized cheque and two of the largest female-dominated work forces are chastised as greedy for asking for the same.
Apparently it all comes down to productivity.
If nurses and teachers could just learn to be productive, the Victorian Government would raise their stipend as a reward.
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