Nurses in the state of, Australia have been involved in an eight month dispute with the government over pay, and staffing levels. They have now been banned from striking by 'Fair Work Australia', an alleged independent arbitration service, and potentially face fines and prison should they strike. After months of selling out the workers, the Australian nurses federation has bowed to pressure from the rank and file and says they will defy the ban.
Nurses in the Australian state of Victoria have been banned from striking by the government’s industrial tribunal, Fair Work Australia (FWA).
Further information regarding attempts by the Alternative Futures Group to slash the pay of its care workers.
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Morality and biology in the Spanish Civil War: Psychiatrists, revolution and women prisoners in Málaga
Michael Richards on the Spanish Civil War, women and psychiatry.
If woman loses her self-understanding she will become shackled to a civilisation in crisis, transformed into a body, part of decadent femininity. Woman in a crisis of self will always be material. She will be susceptible to bodily outbreaks of corporal diseases and mental disorders which will precipitate pilgrimages in search of doctors, when not to prison, prostitution or the asylum.
Hundreds of support workers at the Royal Alexandra and University of Alberta hospitals in Canada walked out this morning in a dispute over pay and conditions.
So far dozens of surgeries have been cancelled as diagnostic imaging clerks, cleaners and technicians downed tools at at least 12 different sites at 7 AM.
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees stated that they believed workers at Mayerthorpe, Radway, Peace River and Claresholm were also either taking or considering taking similar action.
One worker told the Edmonton Journal:
A nurse from the Kerala region of India writes a brief account of the conditions that nurses in India work in, which give an insight into why nurses across India are starting to organise and fight back.
The following report has been written by Mr X, a nurse from the Kerala region of India. He read the following blog post on LibCom about striking nurses, and kindly agreed to write about his experience.
Thousands of nurses across India have started an indefinite strike for better pay and conditions. Historically unorganised, Indian nurses have formed a new union, creating over 400 branches in two months. They have vowed to remain on strilke until their wages are increased by around 80%. Courts have deemed the strike to be illegal and have instructed police to assist scabs to get into work.
Thousands of nurses across California have gone on strike to fight for their pensions which are being slashed by Kaiser Permanente. They have been joined on the picket line in a 'sympathy' strike by nurses from a union with a 'no strike' policy, and by maintainence workers.
Around fifty people attended a demonstration against the privatisation of the NHS at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Local Labour party goons had cancelled the demo due to concerns that we would point out that they are just as disgusting as the Conservatives. We did it anyway.
Today, members of SolFed and AFed joined up with activists from a variety of groups to protest outside the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, against the privatisation of the NHS.
The demonstration had initially been called by the local Labour party, whohad been expecting Andy Burnham to be in attendance.
A selection of writings on healthcare by the Young Lords. We do not agree with the politics but reproduce it for reference.
Adequate health care for the poor was one of the chief demands of the Young Lords. Faced with a health-care crisis on various fronts, the Young Lords (together with the Health Revolutionary Unity Movement) started lead poisoning and tuberculosis testing programs, took over Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and demanded equal treatment of all Third World peoples.