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Nurses and QANTAS workers: a tale of two campaigns

According to a Victorian Australian Nurses Federation delegate: ANF NURSES HAVE JUST VOTED TO CONTINUE INDUSTRIAL ACTION, UNANIMOUSLY!!! Fair Work Australia, go shove it. We are going hard, going strong and we are marching on Parliament house on Thursday! F!@#$%g unanimously!!!

On the same day the QANTAS dispute is heading to its inevitable arbitration by Fair Work Australia, an institution of the one percent. QANTAS workers have played by the one percent’s rules and they will be stuffed industrially, ending up with a low pay increase and no job security.

Victorian nurses have told the bosses, the Federal Labor and Victorian Liberal Governments, and Fair Work Australia that they are going to fight for a real pay increase and the retention of nurse patient ratios. Fines and jail don’t scare them. In fact the bosses might be scared to use these weapons against striking nurses, such is the community support they have.

‘The Victorian government is pushing to cut 1758 full time Registered Nurse jobs; cut 8 hour shifts into unlimited broken shifts of 3-4 hours; cut our right to receive overtime for working double shifts or night duty; cut ratios resulting in the potential one nurse being responsible for up to 10 patients (showering, toileting, feeding, medication, drips, drains, wounds, injuries, frequent observations, physical assessments, documentation, etc x 10) and replacing us with unqualified workers to save $105 million in 2 years.’

The nurses have a chance of winning. QANTAS workers don’t.

There’s a message in this for all workers. Playing by the laws of the one percent doesn’t help you. Playing by your own industrial rule sand exercising your right to strike (a right technically illegal in Australia in most circumstances because of the on percent’s restrictions) gives you a real chance of winning.

It is a lesson for all unionists.

QANTAS workers could walk off the job tonight, and picket to stop any supplies or personnel getting in or out. That way, like the magnificent Fair Work Australia and government defying Victorian nurses, they might have a chance of winning.

ANF Members agreed to meet again:

  • in the Bourke St mall at 12.30pm Thursday 24 November 2011 and to march to the steps of Parliament House for a 1.00pm protest.
  • on 29 November 2011 (subject to confirmation) to hear a further report back and consider what action needs to be taken in the event that an acceptable offer is still not made to Victorian nurses and midwives.

That’s the spirit QANTAS workers need.

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Here is the ANF statement:

Members resolve to continue action

21 November 2011 – 4.00 pm

Members resolve to continue action

A statewide mass meeting of public sector ANF members resolved today to continue with the industrial action contained in resolutions of the 4th and 11th November 2011, including ensuring that the bans do not endanger anyone’s health, welfare or safety.

Members heard of the various attempts by the State Government to thwart our action through applications to Fair Work Australia, and of the failure of the State Government to take any steps to resolve the dispute, including its refusal to agree to consent arbitration.

In all of these circumstances members voted to maintain the industrial action as no alternative exists to bring the dispute to conclusion. Members did however authorise the State Secretary to suspend the action if agreement could be reached with the State Government for consent arbitration.

The meeting also condemned the Minister for Health for:

  • making untrue statements to the Victorian community regarding our action and its impact on patient health, welfare and safety; and
  • refusing ANF’s offer of consent arbitration that could have brought the dispute to an end without threatening nurse to patient ratios.

ANF Members agreed to meet again:

  • in the Bourke St mall at 12.30pm Thursday 24 November 2011 and to march to the steps of Parliament House for a 1.00pm protest.
  • on 29 November 2011 (subject to confirmation) to hear a further report back and consider what action needs to be taken in the event that an acceptable offer is still not made to Victorian nurses and midwives.

Members will also staff information tables outside the Electorate Offices of number of members of the Baillieu Government. To volunteer to help staff these tables please register at http://www.anfvic.asn.au/campaigns/topics/34582.html (direct link to come shortly).
 
At the request of the Fair Work Ombudsman I am also obliged to advise members that the FWA Order of 18 November is expressed to apply to and be binding upon employees of one (or more) of the employers listed in Schedule A to the Order and who are members of the Victorian Branch of the ANF in respect of their employment with that Employer or another Employer listed in Schedule A only.

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Comment from peter piper
Time November 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

50% of an RNs workload could be done by an untrained helper. Its still important stuff (feeding, washing etc) but hardly requires 3 yrs training!!