Dedication Doesn't Pay the Rent: The 1986 Victorian Nurse's Strike

Dedication Doesn't Pay the Rent: The 1986 Victorian Nurse's Strike

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Nurses are often seen as the archetypal 'handmaidens' of men. Yet if there was ever an experience that demolished this image, it was the Victorian nurse's strike of 1986, in which a predominantly female workforce took on and defeated the State Labor government. 

In this pamphlet Liz Ross traces the dispute from its origins to the successful conclusion, and draws some lessons for the struggle to defend workers' rights today.