Victorian Nurses Work Stoppage Begins

AustralianThe Australian Nursing Federation said that they want work ban to end, but it is the government, which has to take steps to resolve the dispute. Victorian nurses have certain issues and want that the government should appoint an individual panel to resolve the matter. They are no more interested to negotiate with the industrial umpire.

The industrial action was signed in November, which has started taking place in number of hospitals. Some of the many hospitals are Austin Hospital, Bendigo Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Dandenong Hospital and Western Hospital and Frankston Hospital, Geelong Hospital, the Northern Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital.

All the nurses working at the above mentioned hospitals will not work twice a day. A single stoppage will last for four hours and the two cuts will occur at 8am and 5.30 am.

Australian Nursing Federation Victorian branch secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said that they want to negotiate, but now everything depends on Premier Ted Baillieu. She said that it should be his one of the top priorities to end the controversy and take out a solution, which is best for nurses.

"Resolving this dispute and restoring confidence in Victoria's public hospitals must be at the top of Mr. Baillieu's return from India to-do list”, said Fitzpatrick. She further affirmed that Victorian nurses will resume their normal duties if Ballieu agrees to their demands or put forth a deal, which is best for them.

As per reports, more than nine hospitals and 1,000 nurses are taking part in the work stoppages. There are many other hospitals workers, who in order to support them have also stopped working for two hours.

It has been three months now, said Fitzpatrick, but the government has done nothing to resolve the matter.