Friday 16th December 2005
While some of us couldn’t attend the major rallies, plenty of nurses still took part in the National Day of Protest with stop-work meetings and BBQs to help support our rights at work.
Over 100 nurses attended a stop-work meeting at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to watch a Sky Channel broadcast of the nationwide rallies. Cheers of support rang out as the camera panned over the massive crowds that turned out in Melbourne and Sydney.
I’d like to encourage all nurses to support this fight with the unions. Go forth and fight for what is fair for us, for the future, and for our children.
John Howard’s industrial relations changes will take away the fundamental rights of workers to a fair go in the workplace, and the fundamental rights of unions to represent workers. People need to resist these changes in whatever way they can, right up to the next election and beyond.
Members at Prince of Wales Hospital with Judith Kiejda (front row, third from left) wear their ‘Your Rights at Work’ armbands as a mark protest against the IR changes.
Nurses at RNSH hospital helped turn up the heat on the Howard Government with a BBQ and sausage sizzle over lunch. Nurses came and went as their breaks allowed, stopping for a sausage and to pick up information on the proposed IR changes.
I think there hasn’t been enough debate about these changes, and people don’t really understand what’s going on because it’s being pushed to quickly through parliament. As a result, the impression I get is that something underhanded is happening.
I’m concerned about nurses’ rights and what they’ve worked hard for over the years – especially sick leave, ADOs, and shift penalties.
I think it’s just atrocious.