May Day March

Theme: Penalty Rate Cuts, Who’s next?
Date:    Saturday, 6 May 2017
Time:    from 10.00am
Venue:  Meeting at Victoria Square

Defend our penalty rates before it’s too late! Click here to register your interest now.   Our penalty rates are under serious attack following the recent decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut Public Holiday and Sunday penalty rates across three other industries.

Now is the time for Nurses, Midwives and Personal Care Assistants to stand together to defend our penalty rates along with our friends in other industries.

If you are off-shift or have a day off work on Saturday 6 May, we urge you to join us. We will be meeting with other unions and members of the public at 10 am in the southern area of Victoria Square for a 10.30 am march to Light Square. Look for the purple flags.

Bring the family for the music, food, drinks, kid’s entertainment and fun along the way. We will supply banners with the slogan ‘Hands off Penalty Rates’.

Why we need you
While the health sector is not currently part of the case before the Fair Work Commission, we anticipate that future arguments will be mounted to flow this decision across to nursing and midwifery employees. We have already seen one attempt during March to reduce Sunday rates for some members working for Sonic HealthPlus.

Our research shows that any reduction or removal of penalty rates would lead to a significant number of you no longer making yourselves available for shift work or, worse still, leaving the profession altogether given the impact on your take-home pay. This would seriously impact the quality of care delivered to patients.

Please join us and show your support for this campaign and send a strong message to the Federal Government that you are not happy about the recent cuts to Penalty Rates.

Let’s stand together and make sure our voice is loud!

Please email to register your interest.


Hope to see you there.

Yours sincerely
Adj Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM
CEO / Secretary