I agree with talaxandra, go the Anf (Australian Nursing Federation), I too am a union rep (recently recruited) ... as well as fighting for conditions and pay rates, they represent you when you are in trouble, ie workcover for me .... employer appeared to want me out of theatre but the ANF helped me fight to stay there. The ANF also offers some incentives to members, just small things but worth having, cheap health insurance, travel insurance, movie tickets ... etc etc :hatparty:
unions are definately not the saviours of the universe but they sure help.... our union has negotiated zero tolerance to violence policy, no lift policy, on call allowances, occ health and safety improvements and more
the union, any union is only as strong as its members, without them the union is nothing. 1 nurse fights an establishment = establishment wins, 200 or 7000 nurses fight the same establishment ....... nurses will only achieve more by standing together.
the ANF has a poster out at the moment, we have just completed our enterprise bargaining agreement here in South Aus, over the past 10 years they have fought and won for nurses wage increases totalling over $380 per week in comparison to the offered amount of approx $42 ....
speaks for itself really.
go the nurses union!!!