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Australia: Nurses rally against Federal Government plan to cut parental leave by katty : November 28, 2016, 07:29:39 AM
NURSES, midwives and care workers from across South Australia are converging on the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to protest the Federal Government’s proposed reduction to its paid parental leave scheme.

Organised by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch), the rally is hoping to send a strong message to South Australia’s senators not to support any reduction in its scheme.

ANMF CEO and Secretary, Elizabeth Dabars, said proposed changes by the Federal Government could prevent new parents from receiving the full 18 weeks of funded leave if their employer offered a more generous parental leave scheme.

“These changes fly in the face of the World Health Organisation’s recommendations and will disadvantage not only thousands of nurses, midwives, care workers and their children, but the broader community,” Adj Assoc Prof Dabars said.

“Families need all the support they can get at this early stage of a child’s life and that’s why nurses, midwives and care workers are deeply opposed to the changes being proposed.”

The ANMF (SA Branch) is calling on all SA Senators to not support the proposed legislation changes to paid parental leave; and lobby the Government to uphold its commitment to support a minimum full paid six-month paid parental scheme.

The ANMF, which has 20,000 members in SA, has also launched a petition, which has gained more than 5000 signatures in two weeks.

NURSES, midwives and care workers from across South Australia are converging on the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to protest the Federal Government’s proposed reduction to its paid parental leave scheme.

Organised by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch), the rally is hoping to send a strong message to South Australia’s senators not to support any reduction in its scheme.

ANMF CEO and Secretary, Elizabeth Dabars, said proposed changes by the Federal Government could prevent new parents from receiving the full 18 weeks of funded leave if their employer offered a more generous parental leave scheme.

“These changes fly in the face of the World Health Organisation’s recommendations and will disadvantage not only thousands of nurses, midwives, care workers and their children, but the broader community,” Adj Assoc Prof Dabars said.

“Families need all the support they can get at this early stage of a child’s life and that’s why nurses, midwives and care workers are deeply opposed to the changes being proposed.”

The ANMF (SA Branch) is calling on all SA Senators to not support the proposed legislation changes to paid parental leave; and lobby the Government to uphold its commitment to support a minimum full paid six-month paid parental scheme.

The ANMF, which has 20,000 members in SA, has also launched a petition, which has gained more than 5000 signatures in two weeks.

“We will be sending all SA Senators a copy of the signed petition, appealing to them to listen to the views of both their constituents and the wider community when making a decision on this important issue,” Ms Dabars says.

“Senators who vote in favour of the change need to know they will be actively disadvantaging thousands of nurses, midwives, care workers, their children and many other families in reducing the amount of time a mother can spend with her newborn child.”

The rally will be held on the grassed area outside the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Brougham Place from 2pm today.

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