International Women’s Day…No Strike For Me

Today is International Women’s Day.  It has been suggested that women don’t go to work today to support this cause.

I’m not a big believer in strikes, especially if you have a job that is connected with the welfare of others.  Since I am a nurse, this would include me.

From my vantage point, it would seem to be a bit of a luxury not to go to work.  It would also seem a bit arrogant to take the day off and let others struggle to take of their own workload and yours as well.

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3 thoughts on “International Women’s Day…No Strike For Me”

  1. In the main, nurses are caring, compassionate, dedicated people – dedicated to their job and the patients they care for. So, we are going to have a nurses strike. The government does not panic – why? well because there is generally a long lead time between the announcement of a nurses strike and the actual event. The lead time gives the Nurses Federation time to work out with various nursing groups the absolute minimum number of nurses needed to run the hospital for a number of hours and not put patients at risk. The government knows this as well as a whole host of other things that are necessary – like organising the rout that the protest march will take, a police escort, approval of the rout by the city council and police, where the rally will take place and who the speakers will be. It’s all very emotion charged but the main point is that the government, despite all the rhetoric it may use, knows that patient care will never be compromised What is of more interest to the government is what- if any- other unions may walk off the job in support of the nurses. Nurses Strike – four hours tops. 1 to get organised / 2 to march through the city / 3 to rally / 4 Strike over – back to work. Members of parliament – if they ever woke up in the first place – can get back to sleep.

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