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Nurse and midwife strike action suspended after new pay offer

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Linda Reynolds - I too was nursing in the early 70s so I presume that you are around my age and retired or ready for retirement. Yes, wages are better now but that was achieved in 74 by nurses taking action before that we were on a pittance and I earned less than my younger sister doing 9-5 as an office junior. Now, at 59 she still earns more than I do -plus a company car, pension and free health insurance - for sitting at a desk and giving IT advice over the phone. In those times nurses were treated like doctor's handmaidens and we did not have the same responsibilities as we do today. Let's get over the 'Didn't we look pretty in our hats and sparkly buckles' memories and realise that nursing is a demanding profession that relies on the goodwill of us all to do the job well. Unless major change happens, when all the senior nurses have retired, the workforce will rely on graduates who will think 'I love this job - but I need to feed my family and I can earn as much, if not more working in an office'. 30 years ago I was offered a job out of nursing which I declined - I regret that so much. The last few years in this job have been hell with no consideration for my age or my declining health and strength.

Posted date

3 February, 2015

Posted time

7:31 pm

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