Editorial – Brett Holmes

Every month The Lamp carries an editorial by Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSWNMA.

A collective approach needed on the big issues – October 2006

The nursing shortage creates a terrain where a host of health policy issues such as skill mix, health management, training, and industrial issues are all in play. From our union perspective, it is both a … Read More

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Liberal’s nursing policy raises more questions than it answers – September 2006

State Liberals promise to keep nurses as crown employees … but this is to protect them from Federal Liberals` hostile IR laws The NSW Liberal and National parties have released a policy paper ‘Bringing nurses … Read More

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We reject plans to sideline nurses – August 2006

Nurses must be represented at the executive level in the health system. The restructure of the Area Health Services has been drawn out and throughout we have had some success in preserving the interests of … Read More

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The battle of values – July 2006

It`s easy to be complacent about rights and values when times are good. The crunch really comes when times get tougher. In these prosperous and hedonistic times to talk about values can sometimes seem quaint … Read More

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Touch one nurse, touch us all – June 2006

Some health sector bosses are already using the new IR laws against nurses. It’s early days under the new federal workplace regime but already we are seeing signs that some employers in the health sector … Read More

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We’re strong and we’re ready – May 2006

The new IR laws are extreme and designed to smash unions but the NSWNA is well prepared. The Howard government has finally fronted with the full extent of its new workplace laws with the announcement … Read More

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More breakthroughs to protect nurses – April 2006

Iemma moves to protect public hospital nurses but we can`t be complacent. The state government’s decision to transfer NSW public hospital nurses into government employees, a move which will shield them from the Howard government’s … Read More

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Ramsay offers pay parity and protection – March 2006

Members now to vote on `in-principle` agreement Our members working in the private hospital sector for Ramsay Health Care are about to consider a pay offer from their employer after a determined workplace campaign (see … Read More

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Creative action works – February 2006

When you are organised, prepared to act and are creative, you can win. 2006 promises to be a big year for unions and I’m proud as General Secretary to start it off by congratulating our … Read More

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