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Nurses strike to demand better conditions and pay this week

By MARCUS HAAR After ongoing talks for better pay and work conditions, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) are set to continue strike action this Thursday following another breakdown in discussions with the state government.   A majority in the NSWNMA’s public sector branches voted for a second 24-hour state-wide strike following the initial […]

‘The status quo can’t continue’: NSW nurses to strike for first time in almost a decade on Tuesday

By DANIEL LO SURDO Public hospital nurses across New South Wales will strike for the first time in almost a decade this Tuesday as frustrations over working conditions, pay and staffing continue to grow. The strike will take place following a majority of voters in the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association (NSWNMA) supporting the industrial […]

Balmain nurses walk out over staffing ratios

By ALLISON HORE Nurses from Balmain Hospital rallied on Thursday afternoon to draw attention to their concerns about nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW hospitals.  The rally was part of a broader campaign by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), who are calling on the NSW government to introduce a mandated minimum nurse-to-patient ratio.  A study […]

Darlinghurst businesses back nurses

By ALLISON HORE Businesses in Darlinghurst have shown their support for a campaign against the wage freeze for public sector workers. Representatives from the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) have been knocking on the doors of businesses around the St Vincent's hospital to rally support for the campaign. The NSW government’s proposed wage freeze […]

RPA car park price hike hitting those who can afford it least

BY ANDREW BARCLAY Each day on his way to work Shaun* must decide whether to arrive two hours early and search for one of the few metered street parking spots or pay twenty-dollars in the adjacent car park. If he chooses the former, he must move his car every two hours to avoid a fine. […]

Leichhardt Council: “Keep nurses in nursing home”

By Joshua Thomas Leichhardt Council has unanimously passed a motion to publicise their support for registered nurses in nursing homes. The motion, passed on Tuesday June 23, proposed council support the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association in their campaign to keep registered nurses on at all times in nursing homes. This comes following the federal […]

Healthcare cuts cause budget backlash

Cuts to healthcare announced in the federal budget have sparked widespread concern for the future of affordable and accessible healthcare. The proposed cuts to public hospital funding and imposed surcharges on GP consultations and prescription medications have triggered protest around the country. While all Medicare recipients will be affected by the rising costs, low-income earners […]

NSW nurses say: privatisation, no way

Local nurses are speaking out against NSW Premier Mike Baird’s intentions to privatise the state’s hospitals. Just three days into his new position, Mr Baird suggested that privatisation posed a “fantastic opportunity” for the future of NSW healthcare. As the current healthcare system sits, the private sector is already delivering a range of services in […]