Local action at Tweed Heads delivers big results

In the far north of NSW, nurses from Murwillumbah Hospital, Tweed Hospital, and both Murwillumbah and Tweed Community branches and NSWNA members from local nursing homes decided to band together to organise a regional Your Rights at Work event in the electorate of Richmond.

Zoe-Anne Guinea, NSWNA Branch President at Tweed District Hospital, said, ‘People are genuinely frightened and irate about their penalty rates getting cut and we got more than 1,000 people to turn out for the rally held on 22 April, which was a great effort for a regional centre like Tweed.

‘The idea was that we walk from one state to another and we marched from Coolangatta to Tweed Heads for a rally in the park protesting the removal of workers’ rights by the federal government.’

Student nurses from nearby Griffith University attended, which was a great way to help raise awareness of those entering the profession about the federal government’s IR laws.

The Tweed YR@W group invited guest speakers including Shadow Treasurer Wayne Swan, the local Federal MP Justine Elliot and AWU National Secretary Bill Shorten, who all spoke about how WorkChoices was impacting the local area.  The local union office ‘Unions Far North Coast’ also assisted with co-ordinating the event.