Editorial – Brett Holmes

Every month The Lamp carries an editorial by Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSWNMA.


Paid maternity leave break through – November 2008

Partnerships with like-minded groups pay off, with paid maternity leave firmly on the political agenda. Australian unions have been fighting hard for many years for more family-friendly workplaces. Now there has been a significant breakthrough … Read More

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Private hospital pay will improve – with pressure – October 2008

Improvements in pay and conditions won in the public health system will not automatically flow through to nurses in private hospitals. Improvements will not come without pressure. Our private hospitals pay campaign has stepped up … Read More

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Maintaining and broadening our appeal – September 2008

Engagement with young people and with the wider community is essential if unions are to prosper and remain relevant. One of the biggest challenges facing our profession – and it can be seen as a … Read More

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Praise won’t pay the bills – August 2008

With a pay rise won in the Public Health System, the NSWNA now turns to private hospitals. Pay parity and recognition for skills and education will be top priorities. A comprehensive survey of our members … Read More

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We will continue to fight for more – July 2008

As The Lamp goes to print members have voted to accept the Iemma Government’s offer of a 7.95% pay increase over two years for public health system nurses and midwives. Finally, the Government came up … Read More

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Don’t take nurses for granted, Mr Iemma – June 2008

The Rudd Government has kept its election promise and ploughed much needed funds into public health. It’s now up to the Iemma Government to meet its responsibilities and act to keep nurses in the system. … Read More

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Stressed nurses equals stressed health – May 2008

Nurses, midwives, doctors and the community all share the same concerns about our public health system. Wake up, Mr Iemma, and deal with these serious problems. In this issue of The Lamp we report on … Read More

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New Chief Nurse a step forward for nursing – April 2008

Chief Nurse gives nurses a presence at the heart of government The Rudd Government has announced the creation of the position of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, fulfilling one of its election commitments. Clearly this … Read More

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Seize the moment and save our system – March 2008

Two critical processes are now in play which will open a rare window of opportunity for the Iemma government to solve the recurrent crises in our public hospitals. Firstly, the Special Commission of Inquiry will … Read More

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