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    Default Any nurses on here?

    Do you know if Tony Abbott is planning on cutting penalties for nurses? My family will be seriously screwed if he does. Do you think the nurses will accept it? Will they strike? I just can't see this happening? What about those employed in the public sector? Paid my the state governments? I am seriously worried.
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    Not if you've got a good strong union to negotiate an EBA for you! Most nurses (in Qld at least) are covered by EBAs and it's not possible for a government to legislate away the benefits contained in an EBA (such as penalty rates).

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    I'm in the NT. Our union is pretty strong. Like all nurses unions I think. It never occured to me he could have any impact on nurses wages.

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    I don't think anyone would let it happen

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    NSW union is pretty **** poor so I wouldn't be surprised if its a tough slog for us to keep our penalty rate to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TreeGirl View Post
    Not if you've got a good strong union to negotiate an EBA for you! Most nurses (in Qld at least) are covered by EBAs and it's not possible for a government to legislate away the benefits contained in an EBA (such as penalty rates).
    So glad to read that. Makes me wish that we didnt fight for a 2yr EBA instead of the 3 that was originally on the table(only fought for 2yrs due to the crap pay rise if you could even call it that.

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    Us nurses in WA would go ballistic if that happened. I'm only just staying in the profession as it is....if the money was lowered I would defintely find something else to do.

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    I think there would be massive national strikes if he did cut them and noone likes a nurses strike but I wasn't sure if he even got a say in nurse penalties as all the states are different so I thought it must be all state controlled?

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    I think it would have a LOT of backlash and would be a pretty stupid move on his part. I really feel for any nurses not in a permanent job or any students soon to graduate. I think jobs could become really hard to come by very soon.

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    I'm due to graduate from my diploma of enrolled nursing shortly, and I'm starting a B.Nurs directly after that. This scares me, there's already a job freeze for most nurses in nsw


 

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