Nurses call off industrial action

NURSES have called off industrial action ahead of a fresh round of talks with the state government.

The Australian Nursing Federation and hospital employers announced this morning they will enter a new round of talks with Fair Work Australia.

Health Minister David Davis welcomed the “significant development in negotiations” with the ANF for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

He said the immediate end to industrial activity has paved the way for both parties to resume conciliation.

Nurses and midwives began their rolling walk-out campaign on February 24 in the fight to retain nurse to patient ratios.

They continued the action in defiance of a Federal Court order to return to work, risking hefty fines.

The employers and ANF have committed to resolve all outstanding issues by March 16.

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