Sunday, June 29, 2008


Red News Readers,

The professed concern by NSW Health and the Assistant General Secretary of the NSW Nurses Association Judith Kiejda in the Sunday Telegraph today, 29.6.08, about the nursing shortage comes just after the leadership of the Association persuaded nurses to accept a package which takes nurses wages and conditions backwards. Brett Holmes himself admitted in public the wage increase does not meet the rate of inflation over the next two years, although admittedly it was better than what the State Government first offered. But to achieve that wage increase, nurses in NSW were persuaded to accept an unprecedented package of offsets. How does this wages and conditions package meet the demand of the campaigns theme "Fair Conditions, Fair Pay, Nurses Stay - its that simple?"

I would like to be able to upload the article but the Sunday Telegraph has it in their paper version but not online.

Jenny Haines