Kalgoorlie Hospital nurses will walk off the job today to push demands for an early pay deal ahead of the March State election.
Australian Nursing Federation State secretary Mark Olsen said the stop work rally at 11am in front of the hospital would be the first industrial action by nurses in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in several decades.
He estimated 50-100 nurses would attend.
Although their wage agreement ends in June, since November nurses have been voicing demands for a 20 per cent pay rise over three years – an increase that would make them the highest paid in Australia.
ANF members will also vote on whether to pursue other forms of industrial action, including bans on overtime and answering phones.
“I suspect they’re going to be voting to pursue more industrial action, ” Mr Olsen said.
“The Government want us to wait until after the State election to negotiate for a pay increase.“That ain’t going to happen.”
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