The NSW government has failed to address the staffing crisis in our public health system, therefore nurses and midwives will take action.
A majority of NSWNMA branches have now met and voted in favour of a 24-hour strike on 31 March. It’s vital our statewide rallies next week are bigger than the last.
We are yet to receive any offer from the government on your 2022 Award claim for shift by shift staffing ratios and no further meetings have been confirmed to date.
The Premier and Health Minister’s platitudes are meaningless if they refuse to fix this staffing crisis and address your workplace concerns. We must keep pushing for change.
What you need to know to take strike action:
See below the key reasons for action, frequently asked questions and guide for branch officials and ward/unit union representatives:
On Friday, 25 March, we reappeared in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) and as anticipated, the Ministry of Health sought to stop your planned strike action.
At the Ministry’s request, the IRC has made new orders against the Association. You’ll recall orders were placed on the Association prior to our 15 February strike, which proceeded as planned. A copy of the new orders can be found here.
Remember, while the Association can be fined for not complying with a dispute order made by the IRC, individual members are not targeted for fines.
The NSWNMA Council supports democratic action members choose to take in the pursuit of safe staffing. It’s time to hold strong, continue the fight and attend your rally as planned.
BIGGER AND LOUDER – JOIN THE STRIKE RALLIES
Nurses and midwives will rally at over 20 locations Thursday, 31 March. Find your nearest location and make sure you bring a friend! Let’s show the NSW government the strength of nurses and midwives when we come together.
NSW Parliament strike rally
Date: Thursday, 31 March
Location: Meet at Queen’s Square, Macquarie St, Sydney (March to Parliament House at 10:30am)
If the widespread staffing issues are not urgently addressed, nurses and midwives will continue to leave. We must continue highlighting how broken our health system is, and we must be bigger and louder.