From local action, big things grow

Fired up by John Robertson’s inspiring address about how nurses need to get involved to make a difference in this year’s election, delegates broke into groups to discuss ideas for getting active in the Your Rights at Work campaign in the lead-up to the federal election.

From talking to people at work or in your community about your concerns with the IR laws, wearing a YR@W t-shirt, attending YR@W committee meetings to holding a meeting at your workplace and helping out on polling booths, delegates were full of ideas about how to be part of a growing movement to get rid of the Howard government and its harmful IR laws.

Local group action
Delegates (clockwise from top left) Linda Perkins, Linda Hardman, Angela Pridham, Julie Hines, Scott Richardson, Annemarie Coleman and Anthony Percival from the Illawarra region plan to make a difference this federal election by being part of the Illawarra Your Rights at Work Group.

Discuss issues at BBQ
Gai McPherson from Port Macquarie Community Health and Deborah Cameron from Mid North Coast Justice Health will hold a BBQ at work to get their colleagues thinking about choices this election.

Petition at work
Deborah Ponig and Lynn Jones from Bowral District Hospital plan to organise a petition and hold meetings at work to discuss their concerns about the new IR laws with their workmates.

Gearing up for action
Delegates from Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie also joined their local Your Rights at Work groups.

‘Workers will be worse off if we don’t get rid of Howard’

Gwen Simpson from Grafton Base Hospital will be wearing her Your Rights at Work T-shirt and having one-to-one conversations with members of her local community. ‘I’ll be telling them workers will be worse off if we don’t get rid of the Howard government at the federal election.’

Bringing home the message
Cherie Desreaux and Clare Waite from RPA will place signs in their front yards supporting their local ALP candidate Anthony Albanese in the federal election. They also plan to help at the polling booth on election day.