EDITORIAL Don’t just make up the numbers There’s change happening all around us 7. I need professional staff looking out for —a changing global economy and critical my interests. industrial and professional issues which are These results tell us that regardless of the impacting on us now, or will in the future. economic situation, and whether we’re in At QNU Annual Conference last month prosperous or weaker times, we should never nearly 220 delegates put their collective underestimate the importance of unions and heads together to make sense of this current acting collectively. situation and plan a way forward. Take for example our national Because We That’s the great thing about the QNU; Care aged care campaign, which we launched we have the capacity to think and act earlier this year. collectively, and ultimately the power to Through this campaign we’ve been fighting influence change. hard to gain much needed improvements to We know there are some considerable Gay Hawksworth the aged care industry. challenges still to face, but also significant QNU Secretary Thanks to our 170,000 strong nurse and opportunities to seize. Through the QNU, midwife membership of the ANF, we’ve been I know we can achieve much. successful in placing our campaign high on We have this capacity because of our strength the political and public agenda. in numbers. In fact, as at the end of June this We’re also having an impact at the local level year, over 38,000 midwives and nurses were too where for the first time in over a decade members of our Union. we’ve had a positive growth in aged care As part of our performance monitoring membership of the QNU. processes, earlier this year we developed a Aged care nurses are looking to our Union ‘why join the QNU’ survey which we send to and to this campaign for much needed every new member.
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