Labour Market

Union complains of chronic staff shortages while advertising nursing jobs abroad

Len Shackleton quoted in The Mail

IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Len Shackleton has been quoted in The Daily Mail responding to news that striking a striking nurses’ union has been advertising Australian jobs to its members while complaining of chronic staff shortages.

Len was quoted:

“It seems ironic that, when a new RCN document has just documented a severe workforce shortage, the union is advertising nursing opportunities abroad,”

Len also warned that continued industrial action may cause backlogs which drive more nurses abroad, saying:

“If we have a long-drawn out industrial dispute with striking nurses losing pay and work piling up as worried patients experience delays, these opportunities may seem even more attractive,”

The full article can be read here.