ANF To Defend VIHA Allegations in Court
It has been revealed that the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has clearly told that they will strongly defend themselves against the allegations being levied by the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association (VHIA).
The VIHA has blamed the ANF for not obeying the court verdict, which has asked them to stop the industrial action and resume their duties. However, ANF Victoria Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick is least bothered about the case at the moment.
She said that for now she is more worried about the public health system, which is in poor condition. She again picked up the main issue of controversy and affirmed that condition will not improve until patient nurse ratio is improved.
ANF has not made any preparation about the court case. Lisa said that they believe in accepting challenges and takes each and every situation as it comes. This by any chance does not mean that they do not want to end the fight. Lisa affirmed that they are working towards a resolution and hope to end the much debated controversy.
On the other side, the VIHA is not keeping quiet and has blamed the ANF for encouraging Victorian nurses for defying the court rule. On it, the ANF said that they have not instigated any of the nurses. Taking industrial action decision was totally up to individual nurses.
“I accept that individual nurses take their actions as they see fit, but you'd have to have been living under a rock to believe there's no connection between the continuation of action and the attitudes of the ANF, said, VHIA Spokesman Alec Djoneff.
Djoneff said that they are not focusing on individual nurses, but they are targeting union officials and employees as a whole. The nurses’ union has said that they will vigorously defend their side. If the ANF will not be able to convince judge, then they will be facing jail sentence.