Nurses have their say


Sarah Wallace, AiN, Abbey Nursing Home

‘Devastated by Howard’s workplace laws’

I feel devastated by Howard’s workplace laws. And when he says he’s listened and changed them I don’t trust him one bit. He’s lied too much and then let us down. I think the ALP’s policy will be good for us. I want to see fairness in the workplace. I do night shift and penalty rates are so important to make it worthwhile.

Anne Fletcher, NUM, Albury Wodonga Private Hospital
‘We’ll be wiser this time around’

I’ve been against the laws John Howard has brought in. I’ve seen how badly my kids have been treated in their jobs. It’s wrong.
Howard has acknowledged that WorkChoices is not going to be an election plus. But I don’t trust him with his changes. It is disgraceful they are spending a whole lot of money on advertising to sell these changes. The first time around they tried to sell something that was wrong. We’ll be wiser this time around.

Kathryn Cheney, RN, Justice Health
‘Labor’s IR policy is better than John Howard’s industrial laws’

Labor’s IR policy is better than John Howard’s industrial laws. We can see in aged care how AWAs have been disastrous for nurses. In Justice Health it is already difficult to get staff. If we had AWAs, without penalty rates, shift rates, or night shift loading, you wouldn’t get anybody.

With Howard, it’s just lies, lies and more lies. His ‘fairness’ changes are just a pre-election stunt to soften people up. I’ve been a Liberal voter pretty well all my life. But this time I feel very strongly about not voting Liberal.

Last year I went to the USA where they have these sorts of laws. I asked a young woman working at a checkout at Walmart – on a Saturday afternoon – what she was paid. Six dollars an hour! I thought at the time, that’s what Howard is trying to do here.