If penalty rates go – then nurses and midwives will go
A message from Lee Thomas, ANMF Federal Secretary
I was very proud of the thousands of nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing who turned out across Australia at the national day of action to fight for penalty rates.
In our recent penalty rates survey with a record 13,000 responses I heard your message loud and clear.
"Nurses and midwives know this: sometimes we don't see our kids for four nights in a row, our health suffers, our family life suffers, we cannot get involved in our community, we miss weekends, Christmas, Easter, we miss our family and our friends. Our kids don't do weekend sport, we miss parent teacher nights, ballet performances, and seeing our parents. We miss these things – to be there for you 24/7. It's time to tell the Abbott Government that if penalty rates go – then nurses and midwives will go".
I sincerely thank you for your hard work and dedication.