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Law change needed to help nurses: Bandt

Responding to Minister Shorten's statement on the nurses dispute Greens MP and workplace relations spokesperson Adam Bandt says Minister Shorten needs to do more than just talk.

Mr Bandt says urging the parties into a private arbitration won't change the intransigence of the Victorian Government and won't overcome the legal barriers to Fair Work arbitrating on nurse/patient ratios. He has urged Mr Shorten to get behind his bill to allow Fair Work to settle the dispute.

Victorian Nurses voted to take unprotected action at a Melbourne stop work meeting today.

"It is great to see the Minister get involved but jawboning the state government is not enough to solve this dispute."

"Something needs to be done to overcome the disadvantage essential service workers like nurses face under our industrial laws."

"My bill will ensure would ensure all issues in the dispute would be resolved, including nurse/patient ratios."

Mr Bandt had previously announced that his Work (Job Security and Fairer Bargaining) Amendment Bill to be introduced on Monday would remove the barriers to Fair Work settling the dispute.


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