The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association have sent a letter of support for UK nurses and midwives engaging in strike action on the 15th of December 2022.
Dear Unison, Public and Commercial Services Union, and Royal College of Nursing members,
On the eve of your historical set of strike actions to secure fair pay and safe staffing levels, we send our heartfelt support and solidarity from the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association in Australia.
Your courage is acknowledged and admired from afar, and your Australian nursing and midwifery colleagues support every effort being taken across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We hear you; we see you, and we stand with you in fighting for change. Our members have been fighting your fight; a fight for ratios, for more resources and a fight for a pay rise that reflects the work we do and meets the rising cost of living.
As we know, from taking multiple strike actions across New South Wales this year against an obstinately uncooperative state government, no nurse or midwife ever takes industrial action lightly. It is abhorrent governments continue to disrespect nurses and midwives and take our professions for granted.
Enough is enough. Stand tall for the safety of both those in your care, your colleagues, and your communities. Patient safety is fundamental to quality healthcare and must be a priority.
Safe staffing matters, and you deserve fair wages that recognise your contribution and pay the bills.
NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association
On behalf of NSW nurses and midwives