NSWNA visits 3,000 members across NSW

NSWNA officials wore out their boots during the 2007 Roadshow, travelling more than 17,000 kms to visit members at work across NSW.

The NSWNA Roadshow undertook a busy schedule this year, visiting nurses all over the state to talk about their concerns and inform them of the Your Rights at Work campaign.

Officials hit the road in July and have since visited 99 hospitals, nursing homes, private hospitals and correctional centres as part of our annual Roadshow.

The NSWNA Roadshow enables officials from the Associations to meet members at their workplaces, which is especially important for nurses in rural areas.

Along the way, we spoke to more than 3,000 members, and recruited 300 new members who realised the value of the union in protecting their conditions at work. Members raised concerns about the threats posed by the new IR laws. Another leading concern raised by nurses was excessive workloads.

Nurses were invited to be part of larger community meetings where Unions NSW Secretary John Robertson spoke about the impacts of WorkChoices on rural communities. With members sporting their Your Rights @ Work t-shirts, these meetings were a great way for people to voice their concerns and understand the realities of WorkChoices.

Rain, hail or shine, members came to show their support, even in the very chilly Snowy Mountains, where the Roadshow visited for the first time, in celebration of a new branch at Batlow Hospital and their new multi-purpose service building.

Tumbarumba and Mannus Correctional Centres were also visited this year with a new road from Mt Selwyn making the visits possible for the first time.

Members raised serious issues with the Association on the Roadshow but it was also an opportunity for plenty of fun, with barbeques in Bega, Milton, Tweed Heads, Queanbeyan, Cooma, Coffs Harbour and Bathurst and a drink and chat at local pubs, including Tumut, for the very first time.

The Association is now undertaking visits to city-based facilities as things wrap up for another year. It will be all systems go again for the Nurses’ Roadshow in early 2008, taking the Association to more workplaces and encouraging nurses to be active members so they can protect their rights and conditions.