TENSIONS rose in Victoria's continuing nursing wages dispute as more than 200 nurses walked out at Monash Medical Centre yesterday.
Premier John Brumby also turned up the heat on the Australian Nursing Federation, accusing the nurses of putting patients in danger.
Monash nurses stopped work for an hour to discuss claims of bullying tactics they said Southern Health managers were using to reopen beds closed as part of the industrial action.
The nurses returned to work after a show of strength in front of the hospital.
There, ANF assistant secretary Yvonne Chaperon accused managers of "extreme intimidation" by threatening to dock the pay of all nurses working on wards with closed beds, rather than individual nurses.
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