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Strike will not put lives at risk: NSWNA

Wednesday, 24th July, 2013

NSW Nurses Association branch delegates (from left) Zoe Tonkin, Bonnie Tavian,  management branch delegate Paul Kaye and organiser Hollie Reveiro. NSW Nurses Association branch delegates (from left) Zoe Tonkin, Bonnie Tavian, management branch delegate Paul Kaye and organiser Hollie Reveiro.

By Erica Visser

The nurses union has assured the public that patients’ lives would not be put at risk during a three-hour strike today.

Around 150 nurses will strike in Broken Hill this morning following failed negotiations with the NSW Government over staff to patient ratios.   

The last time the NSW Nurses Association took large-scale action was in 2010.

The nurses will walk off the job from 10am until 1pm and will meet at 10.45am at the Musicians’ Club for a state-wide meeting.

A Sydney representative has come to Broken Hill to head the meeting.

Local Association delegate, Bonnie Tavian, said that it was “a big deal” to have a representative visit for a meeting as it had not happened before. 

“They realise we’ve got quite a few members here and quite a few nurses,” she said.

“Tomorrow the hospital will drop back to night shift ratios. We never take from the emergency department.”

Ms Tavian said that the issue of ratios affected the entire city.

“We need the whole community’s backing to help us ensure that we get the same amount of nurses as in the cities.”

A resolution will be put to the union members and they will then vote on whether to take more action.

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