No Christmas joy for nurses worried about penalty rates

While families across Australia are busy making Christmas plans, members of the country’s largest health and aged care union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), are busy planning shift work away from their loved ones. With the looming threat of losing penalty rates and loadings for working around the clock to provide life-saving nursing […]

Concerns remain for nurses and midwives’ penalty rates

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fears the battle for penalty rates and attacks on the minimum wage are far from over, following today’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report into workplace relations. Despite recommending penalty rates be maintained for essential services, alarmingly, the Productivity Commission has failed to identify whether nurses employed […]

Productivity Commission report attacks penalty rates, minimum wage, rights at work

Unions have always said the Productivity Commission Inquiry was called by the Abbott Government in order to cut penalty rates, the minimum wage and rights at work – the interim report released today confirms that. The report calls for a two-tiered workplace system with Sunday penalty rates to be cut for workers in hospitality, entertainment […]

2015 Productivity Commission Inquiry and the threat to penalty rates

The workplace relations agenda of the Federal Liberal government has become clear with the start of the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into “all aspects” of our working conditions.  Our rights at work are under attack. Penalty rates are under attack. What are penalty rates and why are they paid? For decades penalty rates have been paid […]

Abbott diagnoses poor health outcomes for NSW

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has criticised the Abbott Government for failing to recognise the adverse impact further cuts to health funding in the 2015-16 Budget will have on public health outcomes and the broader health workforce. Following devastating cuts to state health funding in the 2014-15 federal Budget, General Secretary of the […]

Budget cuts hurt nurses, midwives and patients

Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has warned that more than $2 billion slashed from the health and aged care budgets will ultimately decrease access to health care and lead to poorer patient outcomes. Last Federal Budget saw an unacceptably high $57 billion taken from the public health system and […]

Paid parental leave: more questions than answers

Up to 100,000 nurses and midwives could lose access to publicly-funded paid parental leave (PPL) if drastic cuts to the scheme go ahead as a result of this year’s Budget, according to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). Federal Secretary Lee Thomas warned the Government’s slashing of PPL was contrary to expert advice showing […]

Health groups left in dark on Budget cuts

Health groups have been left scrambling after the federal budget revealed plans to cut nearly $2 billion from the health system, but gave little detail about which programs would be cut, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media understands many of the groups who had travelled to Canberra for the budget  announcement were furious about the lack of […]

Budget fail – no jobs, no growth, no opportunity

If the Abbott Government’s plan to create jobs is a $5 billion dollar company tax cut – then it has no plans for jobs, says the ACTU. The government has made the $5.5 billion Jobs and Small Business Package the centrepiece of the federal budget – yet $5 billion of that package is a tax […]

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