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NSW nurses to protest against IR changes

Nurses and midwives at more than 30 Sydney hospitals and community health centres to hold stop-work meetings.

Nurses at hospitals and health centres across Sydney have voted to rally against the NSW government's industrial relations changes.

The controversial public sector wages bill is set to pass the upper house today, thanks to the support of key crossbench MPs.

The NSW Nurses Association said that so far, nurses and midwives at 33 hospitals and community health centres across Sydney had voted to join a stop-work meeting and rally against the changes.

The union's acting secretary, Judith Kiejda, said her members would not let any government or business philosophy intimidate them.

"This growing union campaign against the Liberal and National parties' attack on the rights of vital public service employees such as nurses and midwives has only just started," she said in a statement.

"It will be as successful, and probably more successful, than the campaign against John Howard's attack on the workplace rights of working people, including nurses and midwives."

Public sector unions will rally outside NSW Parliament House on tomorrow from 12.30pm.

Stop-work meetings are being held before the rally.


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