Felicity, rank and file member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
How long have you been a union member?
Why did you join the union?
I joined the ANMF because they provide professional indemnity insurance which was a requirement to start nursing. The ANMF has been a great resource and always available to answer queries about pay or conditions.
What’s your best memory/story about being in the union movement?
I haven’t had a lot of involvement in the union, but I keep up to date with the campaigns that are running. The ANMF has continue to fight for fair pay and penalty rates as well as ensuring safe patient ratios. Another great benefit of the union is the education and grants that they offer members. I was lucky enough to receive a scholarship from the ANMF this year to complete my postgraduate studies.
What’s the most important issue facing the union movement today?
The ANMF is currently fighting for staffing ratios in aged care to be made law. This is an issue that effects all Australians and has been ignored for far too long. This is an issue not only for the staff of aged care facilities, but for the whole community.
Why should people join their union?
Everyone should join their union to ensure working conditions continue to improve. There is strength in numbers, together we can make a difference!