Victorian nurses have shown how to stand up to Fair Work Australia and a nasty Liberal state government. Thousands at a packed mass meeting on 21 November voted to defy orders to stop their industrial action that has closed public hospital beds.
ANF state secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said nurses are willing to have their pay docked and to face fines. The nurses union has already received around $3500 in unsolicited public donations.
The nurses are fighting to “maintain and improve” existing nurse-patient ratios and are refusing to trade them off for a wage increase.