Nurses and midwives gearing up for action next week – are you ready?  

25 October 2019

From next week, nurses and midwives will be staging one-hour stop-work rallies at health care sites across South Australia. The action has been scheduled at a time when hospitals have double-staffed periods, time usually used for staff education purposes.

Enterprise agreement negotiations have come to a standstill, with the SA Government refusing to commit to a range of issues that affect patient safety and your wages and working conditions.

Members from across the state have made the decision to stand up for a better deal for your patients and your professions. The alternative was accepting the proposition the State Government has made to date  Score Card .

It’s now over to you: Join the action in support of your fellow nurses, midwives and their patients/clients throughout the health care system.

We have ensured that enough staff will stay behind to provide safe patient care for the periods of action. Speak to your colleagues and your ANMF SA Worksite Representative to find out more.

Of course, you’re welcome and encouraged to attend the rally at your site—or any other site—on days or times you’re not rostered to work.

Remember, you have legal protections and there are legal remedies to ensure you are not discriminated by your employer for participating in these actions.

  • Under the Fair Work Act your employer is prohibited from threatening you or unfavorably altering your employment because you intend to, or actual do, participate in the industrial action.

  • Currently the ANMF membership has endorsed two forms of industrial action:
    1. wearing purple apparel at the workplace; and
    2. facilitating one-hour stop work meetings at specified times and places. It is important that, unless notified otherwise by your WSR or the ANMF, you only undertake these two forms of industrial action.

  • If your employer in any way threatens you or unfavorably alters your employment because you intend to, or actually do, participate in the above industrial action, please contact the ANMF immediately.

For more information or clarification on any aspect of this planned action, please contact your Worksite Representative or the ANMF (SA Branch) Duty Officer on 8334 1900.

Your employer has been notified of the above industrial action.