17 Dec 2011

Mass resignation threat by nurses

5:41 am on 17 December 2011

Nurses in Victoria are threatening to resign en masse in an escalation of a pay dispute with the state government.

The ABC reports Health Minister David Davis has urged them not to do so.

Hundreds of nurses from across the state met in Melbourne on Friday afternoon where they asked their union to coordinate their resignations.

The nurses and the government have been in dispute for months over pay and conditions and a possible reduction to the nurse-to-patient ratio.

Fair Work Australia last month ordered them to reopen hundreds of closed beds.

The ABC reports the nurses want a pay rise of 18.5% over four years, with no change to current nurse-to-patient ratios.