In our hearts we know we are doing the right thing
The Waratah Mental Health Branch of the NSWNMA joined with Belmont and other hospitals in taking strike action against the NSW Government’s insulting pay offer and continuing refusal to agree to safe nurse-to-patient ratios.
We had one of our largest branch meetings ever. We held a secret ballot and the decision to strike
for 24 hours was unanimous.
It was an extraordinary moment because many of the people who came are generally quiet and conservative. For them to unanimously vote on strike action is an indication of just how deeply and widely felt this issue is.
We know that if the NSW Government can treat frontline workers with such disrespect during a time when such workers are vital to the survival of the state, then they have even more draconian measures up their sleeve.
We know in our hearts that we are taking action not only for our patients and ourselves, but for other workers, and for our children.
We will not stop until we win.
Niko Leka, EN