Premier Baillieu: save and improve nurse/midwife patient ratios
Vic nurses call on Baillieu Gov to agree new FWA opportunity to fix dispute
Feb 24, 2012 — Victorian public sector nurses, midwives and mental health nurses are calling on the Baillieu Government to agree to Federal Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten's proposal to participate in the process enabling the independent umpire, Fair Work Australia, to fix the dispute.
The process would involve all parties agreeing on a single Fair Work Australia tribunal member to facilitate negotiations until a resolution is reached. This is how the Victorian nurses' enterprise agreements were resolved in 1997, 2001, 2004 and 2007 (took six days).
Victorian public sector nurses, midwives and mental health nurses have given the Baillieu
Government until 5pm tomorrow to agree to the proposed Fair Work Australia process or they will take unprotected industrial action as they escalate their fight to protect safe patient care in public hospitals.