WA Premier Mark McGowan has criticized state nurses who went on strike on Friday, labeling their actions unlawful and urging them to remain on the job.
1000’s of nurses are occurring strike outdoors the state legislature over pay and situations, regardless of the Industrial Relations Fee taking the extraordinary step of banning any firm from transporting hanging staff who’re speculated to be on the job.
Within the regional metropolis of Collie, WA, on Friday, the premier mentioned, “I solely urge nurses to remain on the job at this time.”
“I do not perceive why this industrial motion is going down in opposition to the orders of the Industrial Relations Fee,” McGowan mentioned.
He mentioned the IRC was “fully unbiased” of the federal government.
“That is an criminality. I solely urge them to withdraw; settle for the federal government’s glorious supply, which is best than most states,” McGowan mentioned.
He mentioned the supply gave the employees a pay increase, with the nurse-to-patient ratio glad and required advantages added.
“They’re breaking the legislation, the union, by doing this.”
McGowan mentioned the strike was “an unlawful and prison exercise”.
The top of the Australian Nurses Union, Janet Reah, informed Perth radio station 6PR on Friday morning that it will be the federal government, not the nurses, who acquired blood on their fingers.
Ms Reah mentioned WA Well being Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson referred to as her on Friday morning and requested her to name off the strike.
He mentioned he needed a 5 p.c pay increase throughout the board, a $3,000 price of residing, and a nurse-to-patient ratio.
“We’re a invaluable asset and the federal government wants to acknowledge that,” Reah mentioned.
Referring to her negotiations with the IRC, Ms Reah mentioned “a lot of the discussions had been achieved by them evaluating us”.
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