Reward nurses not the banksters

Nurses in Victoria are being threatened with an Alan Joyce-style lockout simply for campaigning for a modest 3.5% pay increase (just keeping up with actual cost of living rises), superannuation and overtime improvements and maintaining patient-to-nurse ratios. Meanwhile Australia’s four big banks have announced a combined annual profit of $24.4 billion, up 12% from $21.7 billion a year ago.

This speaks volumes about the grossly distorted priorities in our society.

Nurses deserve a pay pay rise far more than the banksters who have brought on a global economic crisis through their profit greed. Beyond that, their greed shapes our common future by channelling funding away from the investments required to save the world from run away global warming, injustice and misery for the world’s great majority.

If you want to read the future just look at where society is investing its collective savings today. It is as simple as that.

The bizarre thing is that our collective savings are far greater than ever before and one of the twisted reasons for the global economic crisis today is that the banksters who control our collective savings have diverted them away from the investments we need in hospitals, housing, public transport and renewable energy into things we need like a hole in the head: more fossil fuels, armaments, poisons, collateralised debt obligations and a zillion other “products” that no sane person needs!

But is we want to redirect our collective investments away from the destruction of our common future we need to make serious investments in the institutions that will help us liberate ourselves from the profit-greed-at-any-cost system that is capitalism.

We are fast coming to the end of the year and we still need to raise $84,423 to meet Green Left Weekly’s $250,000 Fighting Fund target for the year. Our supporters raised nearly $30,000 in October but we need an even bigger in November and December to make target.

Any Green Left Weekly supporter who can make a major investment in our common future through a donation to the Fighting Fund is urgently requested to contact us. Of course, we are also happy to accept more modest contributions.

Please donate online today to the Green Left fighting fund. Direct deposits can be made to Greenleft, Commonwealth Bank, BSB 062-006, Account No. 00901992. Otherwise, you can send a cheque or money order to PO Box 515, Broadway NSW 2007 or phone in a donation through on the toll-free line at 1800 634 206 (within Australia).

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