TITLE

Not Just a Labour of Love: industrial action by nurses in Australia

AUTHOR(S)
Strachan, G.
PUB. DATE
July 1997
SOURCE
Nursing Ethics;Jul97, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p294
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Deciding to take industrial action or go on strike has been an issue of great concern for nurses. While it is typical for most groups of workers to undertake industrial action in the pursuit of better wages and working conditions or improved quality of services, historically, nurses have found this a difficult course to pursue. Frequently, nurses have been caught between acceptance of themselves as ordinary workers and a professional model, which has carried with it the implication that a profession does not engage in industrial action (although, in reality, professions, including medical practitioners, have undertaken industrial action). Nurses in Australia have gone on strike, although widespread industrial action was not undertaken until the 1980s, when lengthy industrial campaigns, including strikes, were used in an effort to achieve enhanced status for the profession, improved career paths and increased salaries. While debate remains about the efficacy of this course of action, large numbers of nurses have been involved in these campaigns. Significant changes in salaries and status were achieved in the 1980s.
ACCESSION #
7392867

 

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