So, I got inspired to comment after getting directed over to Mike Hoskings facebook page where he is bagging nurses for not accepting a pay deal and opting to strike. Funny thing is I could have sworn the crew.org right wing branch was over there posting like mad. Labour govt = strikes, commies, lefties etc etc. The usual bunch of older conservatives that want to pay less tax but expect their hips and knees for free (plus caring professionals to wipe their bums)
So the nurses havent gone down this road for 30 years. I think that says something. Collective action is probably the only tool that makes employers sit up and take notice.
The broader context is that we are on the edge of a massive increase in nursing home/aged care recipients who will need professional carers or nurses to look after them, how much do we value these jobs and the people who are looking after our parents or us eventually.
Whats your thoughts, should we pay them more?