Editorial – Brett Holmes

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


Nurses must be heard – March 2007

NSWNA campaign gives nurses a voice Your union has just launched a TV and radio advertising campaign leading up to the NSW state election in defence of nurses’ rights at work. We have done so … Read More

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Our rights at work are worth voting for – December 2006

IR laws are technically legal but this doesn`t mean they are fair. The High Court decision on the legal basis of using corporations powers in the constitution to implement the federal government’s IR laws confirms … Read More

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Aged care nurses stung first by new IR laws – November 2006

Events unfolding in aged care have implications for all nurses in NSW Our colleagues in aged care have been the first to be exposed to the realities of the new federal industrial relations system imposed … Read More

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A collective approach needed on the big issues – October 2006

The nursing shortage creates a terrain where a host of health policy issues such as skill mix, health management, training, and industrial issues are all in play. From our union perspective, it is both a … Read More

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Liberal’s nursing policy raises more questions than it answers – September 2006

State Liberals promise to keep nurses as crown employees … but this is to protect them from Federal Liberals` hostile IR laws The NSW Liberal and National parties have released a policy paper ‘Bringing nurses … Read More

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We reject plans to sideline nurses – August 2006

Nurses must be represented at the executive level in the health system. The restructure of the Area Health Services has been drawn out and throughout we have had some success in preserving the interests of … Read More

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The battle of values – July 2006

It`s easy to be complacent about rights and values when times are good. The crunch really comes when times get tougher. In these prosperous and hedonistic times to talk about values can sometimes seem quaint … Read More

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Touch one nurse, touch us all – June 2006

Some health sector bosses are already using the new IR laws against nurses. It’s early days under the new federal workplace regime but already we are seeing signs that some employers in the health sector … Read More

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We’re strong and we’re ready – May 2006

The new IR laws are extreme and designed to smash unions but the NSWNA is well prepared. The Howard government has finally fronted with the full extent of its new workplace laws with the announcement … Read More

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