Petition Update

ANF condemns Baillieu Government for inflaming rather than fixing dispute

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch)

Feb 24, 2012 — The ANF (Vic Branch) has condemned the Baillieu Government for inflaming the nurses' dispute rather than agreeing to allow the independent umpire to resolve the eight-month dispute.

Baillieu Government lawyers, who have already cost the Victorian taxpayer more than one million dollars, have made an application to Fair Work Australia for Stop Orders to prevent any industrial action by nurses, midwives and mental health nurses until 22 August 2012.

ANF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said: "The Baillieu Government doesn't need expensive lawyers to stop tomorrow's industrial action. Agreeing to allow a process that will enable Fair Work Australia to resolve the issues will fix this dispute.

"Why is the Baillieu Government trying to drag on the dispute for another six months?" she said.