Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has joined other nurse and healthcare unions from across the world, in the formation of a new international organisation aimed at ensuring the high standards of universal healthcare.
The Global Nurses United (GNU), launched last week in San Francisco, will step up the fight against the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatisation and cuts in health care services that it says are putting people and communities at risk across the planet.
The ANF was among 14 nurse and healthcare unions from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe, which endorsed the GNU’s declaration.
ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said today: "The ANF is proud to be joining forces with other leading nurse unions from across the world in founding the GNU fighting for people our profession and our planet.
“The GNU will provide us with a platform to co-ordinate the action we need to adopt in tackling issues common to nurses and midwives in all of our respective countries, including cuts to healthcare services and ensuring there’s the right nurse to patient ratios to deliver safe patient care.”
GNU members said they will kick off the new organisation with actions in member nations in September to coincide with the opening of the next session of the United Nations General Assembly. The focus of the actions will likely be austerity, privatization of health and other public services, and other attacks on health services, with specific actions and targets tailed to national priorities.
The ANF’s Lee Thomas pictured above at the launch of the GNU in San Francisco.
The ANF, with over 225,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
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