Lamp September 2017

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Union cooperation vital to improve health

Health unions are working closely together to improve aged care staffing and defend public hospitals, Brett Holmes told annual conference. Stronger cooperation among health unions has aided the battle to protect regional public hospitals and will be ...



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Time to challenge climate of fear

The state government’s treatment of public sector employees encourages health sector managers to flout industrial awards argues Judith Kiejda. Public sector nurses need to stand together  and “hold management to account” when managers disregar...



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Aged care campaign backed by solid evidence

There is mounting evidence of the need for safer staffing of nursing homes says ANMF federal secretary Lee Thomas. A national campaign for safer nursing homes will rest on disturbing evidence that a lack of minimum staffing regulations and inappropri...



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More beds without ratios in mental health

NSW Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies used her annual conference address to restate the government’s rejection of ratios and its focus on community-based mental health. The NSW government continues to reject ratios as a way forward for mental...



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Solidarity: the antidote to inequality

Globalisation, militarism and fundamentalism are driving global inequality argues Kate Lappin. “Capital is not held in the hands of women,” Kate Lappin, a leading women’s rights activist, told this year’s NSWNMA annual conference. She noted t...



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Making Leaders

Unions are organisations that transform people’s lives and help build a better world says Hahrie Han, a US expert on organising. Political science professor Hahrie Han, the daughter of Korean immigrants who migrated to the US with no money or work,...



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Underpayments rife

Underpayment of wages has become routine in parts of the workforce with recent migrants and temporary visa holders among the most exploited. Unions NSW has launched a campaign to reduce the deliberate underpayment of wages, which it calls wage theft....



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Ready to rumble

She isn’t afraid of the biff and she has a keen eye for beauty. New ACTU Secretary Sally McManus talks to The Lamp about the challenges facing working people. You’ve been ACTU Secretary for 6 months now. What’s your assessment of the health of ...



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12,000 say ‘Don’t sell Shellharbour hospital’

The Illawarra community has shown it is determined to keep Shellharbour Hospital in public ownership. A petition signed by more than 12,000 Illawarra residents opposing the privatisation of Shellharbour Hospital prompted vigorous debate in the NSW pa...