A fair future for our kids

With less protection and poorer pay and conditions, nurses are already suffering the effects of WorkChoices. So what is going to happen to our children, who are the most vulnerable group of workers?

The State Labor government last year reclassified public sector nurses as Crown employees, thereby shielding them from WorkChoices legislation.

More recently, the Iemma government invoked its child protection powers to safeguard children under 18 from the worst effects of WorkChoices.

Despite these welcome moves, nurses are increasingly concerned about the prospects for their children as they enter the workforce.

How will the next generation fare in a work environment radically changed in the employer’s favour?

Evidence suggests many will start their working lives with minimal protection and poorer conditions than their parents enjoyed.

The Lamp spoke to two Sydney nurses who believe the Howard government is selling out young people’s right to a better future.