Ten good reasons NSW nurses and midwives are striking next week


NSWNMA nurses and midwives who work in the Public Health System will be striking and holding a special general meeting next Wednesday July 24.

Here are 10 good reasons nurses and midwives are taking action.

10. We can  never  do as much as we want to do for our patients.

9. We are offended to work for a public system where  meeting the budget is more important than safe  patient  care.

8. We do mentally and physically difficult work, but our work is not valued.

7.  It is unfair that we’re expected to work short-staffed because the Government refuses to put patient  safety  first.

6. Instead of genuinely negotiating with our union, the government is ignoring the profession and the evidence that ratios save lives and save money.

5. It doesn’t  make  sense to base nursing  hours/ratios on the current midnight census or include specials in the nursing  hours.

4. We are sick of worrying about  ‘near misses’ that happen because of short staffing.

3.  We have  a professional responsibility  to advocate for safe  patient  care.

2.  We know if we don’t do something, things will only get worse.

And the no. 1 reason to participate in the NSWNMA strike action:
1. If we do not participate, the Government will view our lack of participation as supporting its position.

And we don’t support its position!

Join the statewide strike action on 24 July!

You will find all the necessary resources and information on the Ratios put patient safety first campaign page.

Locations (Sydney Olympic Park and webcasts to 17 regional meetings)

Previously on Nurse Uncut on this campaign:

Seeing Red for ratios

Vigil by candlelight for ratios

Too much work, not enough time

Taking our campaign to the MPs

Decking your desks for ratios

Kempsey asks: is the Premier listening?

The campaign for improved ratios begins

Voting for ratios: a video

Ratios not only save lives, but money too


  1. We maybe separated by states, but QLD nurses feel the same way as you. In these difficult political time we all come together in solidarity.
    Be strong, we are there with you in your fight.

  2. I am a registered nurse in Canada working in a paediatric post operative recovery room. Our charge nurse is off on maternity leave and she has not been replaced. 40% of our staff are on leave (sickness, injury, compassionate). There is no one to replace them. Normally our staffing is 11 nurses. We now make due with 5. The operating rooms continue at full capacity.
    Patient care is in jeopardy. I hope with all my heart that a disaster does not occur. I fully support the nurses in Australia but am saddened to think that our situation is global.

  3. The government are willing to risk patients’ lives because statistically nothing will happen. When something disastrous occurs they blame the nurses. Another reason to ‘fight the fight’ – every day nurses work under conditions that put their registration at risk.


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