Saturday 22nd September 2007
The NSWNA has hit the road on our 2007 Nurses’ Roadshow, visiting members all over NSW to hear your concerns and discuss issues important to you in the up-and-coming federal election.
Part of the Your Rights @ Work Campaign, the 2007 Nurses’ Roadshow will see officials from the NSWNA going out to where our members live and work across NSW. The Association is keen to meet members, hear your experiences and discuss issues that will be important in the up-and-coming federal election.
Members are already telling us the biggest issue concerning them this federal election is the impact of John Howard’s new IR laws.
‘We’re hearing first-hand the concerns of nurses about the new IR laws and we’re explaining how nurses can best protect their rights in the new hostile IR environment,’ said NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda.
First stop was the Mid North Coast and nearby inland centres. NSWNA officials visited over 15 workplaces and information evenings were held in local town halls.
Unions NSW Secretary, John Robertson, was also on hand to talk to members and listen to their stories and concerns.
Next stop on the Roadshow was the South Coast, where we visited five public hospitals, one private hospital and six aged care facilities.
New members have signed up and many current members converted from payroll deductions to the safer and more efficient direct debit method of paying their Association fees.
The seat of Eden Monaro in the South Coast region looks to be a key contest at the federal election. How nurses vote will play a major role in deciding the outcome in this marginal seat.
In September, the Nurses’ Roadshow will visit the Outer Western Sydney region. This leg of the Roadshow covers a large area and the NSWNA is looking forward to meeting and talking to nurses in this area.