Wednesday 16th August 2006
NSWNA regional tour continues to meet members and hear local issues affecting nurses
In July, the NSWNA travelled through the Mid-North Coast and New England regions of NSW, visiting members at 35 facilities, including nursing homes, and public and private hospitals.
NSWNA General Secretary Brett Holmes said, ‘The NSWNA roadshow is like a mobile office, providing nurses with literature, advice and an opportunity to talk in person with Association officials.’
The tour of the Mid-North Coast and New England region was planned in conjunction with the Unions NSW ‘Your Rights at Work’ orange bus tour.
NSWNA officials and local nurses attended community meetings in the evening to discuss the impact of the federal government’s industrial relations legislation on the community and to encourage people to participate at a local level in a campaign to introduce fair workplace laws for Australia.
At each community meeting, Unions NSW Secretary John Robertson gave an outline of the legislation and gave people in the area an opportunity to share their stories about how the workplace laws had already affected their job security, pay and conditions.
Members said they are fearful about the potential impact of the IR changes on nurses and their families.
Nurses in Inverell are feeling extremely vulnerable as many of them have husbands, partners and children working in the local meat industry who are waiting to find out whether they would be able to negotiate a union collective agreement or be forced to sign AWAs (individual contracts) that would most likely reduce their take-home pay.
You can get involved
Members, family and friends can get involved in the community campaign to protect your rights at work. The local groups are a combination of community members, church and union representatives. All are concerned people committed to campaigning against the federal government’s industrial relations laws.
Go to our website www.nswnurses.asn.au and go to the ‘Your Rights at Work’ section to download a copy of the NSWNA leaflet ‘What you can do to protect your rights at work’. This publication outlines a few ideas about what you and your colleagues can do to contribute to the campaign and lists dates, times and locations for your community group.