It’s been a long time coming – happy Festival Hall Friday!

2011 EBA Campaign statistics:
– 9 months since negotiations started
– 128 days since conciliation in Fair Work Australia started
– 14 days of industrial action involving bed closures
– 700 hospital beds closed by nurses in November
– 1516 hospital beds closed by the Baillieu Government
– 3452 nurses, midwives and mental health nurses signed resignation authorities
– 35 community rallies
– 10,000 protesters marching to save nurse/midwife ratios (24 November 2011)
– 1 international protest in New Dehli, India
– 100 hospital meetings to discuss resignations
– 14 days of rolling stoppages involving 15 hospitals (24/2 – 7/3) and 2000 nurses and midwives
– 8 statewide meetings
– 70,000 Respect Our Work t-shirts sold
– 110,000 signatures petitioning Premier Baillieu to save, improve and legislate nurse/midwife ratios
– 29,500 people signed the online petition to Premier Baillieu 
– 19,000 homes in the Bentleigh electorate doorknocked
– 5 ANF television commercials
– 3 ANF radio commercials
– 2500 new ANF (Victorian Branch) members since November 2011
– 1000 new nurse and midwife activists                            (source)

After months of unprecedented campaigning and endless negotiation, ANF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick finally announces success!

Jubilant ANF members at Festival Hall – we have an EBA!

A standing ovation for the ANF (Vic Branch) Executive: Assistant Secretary Pip Carew, Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick, Assistant Secretary Paul Gilbert, President Maree Burgess

It’s 988 days (or 2 years, 8 months, 1 week and 6 days) until the State election. Would that we also had a say in the VHIA board, our DONs and CEOs. However, let us focus on the battles that exist – save the shirts, outrage, unity, collective action and patient-centred focus, because they’ll be needed again before we know it.