Day of action in our regional branches

Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Gundagai and Lockhart nurses: bowling for ratios.

Many nurses and midwives couldn’t get to Sydney for the main rally but rallies, marches and other events were held throughout country and regional New South Wales and thousands of signatures collected on our petition. Nurses and midwives sent a clear message to the O’Farrell Government that the fight to improve and extend ratios continues.

Disability nurses from Stockton Branch show their support for public health system nurses and their campaign for better ratios.

Disability nurses from Stockton Branch show their support for public health system nurses and their campaign for better ratios.

Coffs Harbour Branch members with Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda (left) and candidate for Cowper Alfredo Navarro.

Coffs Harbour Branch members with Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda (left) and candidate for Cowper Alfredo Navarro.

Nowra Nurses Group at Nowra School of Arts.

Nowra Nurses Group at Nowra School of Arts.

Gathering signatures in Nowra.

Gathering signatures in Nowra.

Griffith nurses go bowling for ratios.

Griffith nurses go bowling for ratios.

Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Gundagai and Lockhart nurses: bowling for ratios.

Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Gundagai and Lockhart nurses: bowling for ratios.

Coffs Harbour nurse Kim Jones showing support at the Big Banana.

Coffs Harbour nurse Kim Jones showing support at the Big Banana.

The 14 countries of Global Nurses United

GNU was formed in June this year. The founding members are unions from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Israel, the Philippines, South Africa, South Korea and the United States.

Goals of GNU

> To work collectively to protect our professions, our patients, our communities, our work, our health, our environment, and our planet.

> To work collectively to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all, to secure safe patient care, especially with nurse-to-patient ratios, and safe workplaces.

> To oppose the adverse effects of income and resource inequality, poverty, attacks on public sector workers and the ravages of climate change.

> To provide international solidarity among nurses and to offer one another support and assistance.

The worldwide actions of September 17 coincided with the opening of the next session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Rupert Murdoch rants against public sector

Rupert Murdoch says that Australia’s nurses, police officers, teachers and other public sector workers are “sucking the life” out of the nation’s economy.

The media mogul, now a United States citizen but still with control of more than 65% of Australia’s metropolitan newspapers, attacked Australia’s 1.7 million public sector workers, lumping them with “welfare scroungers” as he praised the Coalition’s victory in the federal election.

“Aust election public sick of public sector workers and phony [sic] welfare scroungers sucking life out of economy. Others nations to follow in time,” Murdoch tweeted.

Later, in a second tweet the day after the election, Murdoch accused public sector workers of taking more sick days than their private sector counterparts.

“Small item: apart from higher pay, public workers in Australia take many more sick days than those in hard working private sector!” Murdoch tweeted.

Murdoch’s position on the public sector seems, unsurprisingly, to be shared by new Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Mr Abbott pledged to axe 12,000 public service jobs during the federal election campaign.

If you want to give Rupert Murdoch your own analysis about being a nurse and public sector worker you can do so at Twitter: @rupertmurdoch