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In an unprecedented move for our Union, today we officially began the process of suing the NSW Government for wage theft.

This morning we gathered at the NSW Supreme Court to file our claim and front up to the media about why we are taking this drastic move.

We are suing for unpaid overtime and meal allowances, but we are not motivated by money.

We are suing because the Award has not changed since I was in intern in 1984, 37 years ago.

We are suing because doctors in training are tired & overworked, our hospitals are short staffed, and our patients are at risk.

This is the message that we took to the public today.
ASMOF NSW Junior Vice President Dr Raj Ubeja told the Sydney Morning Herald of his concern about overtime not being logged or paid at some hospitals, resulting in an ongoing cycle of under-staffing because the problem does not exist on paper.

ASMOF DIT Co-Chair Dr Yvonne Nguyen said junior doctors were tired and ‘stretched to the bone.’

‘It’s not ending. We talk about it and it goes away … we need a better award,’ she said.

Assistant in Medicine Dr Ashleigh Ray spoke of her concerns starting her internship next year as a mother to three-year-old Edith, and her fears of being able to balance her medical career with time for her family.

ASMOF NSW Councillor Dr Alex Parr told the AAP Press the situation is endangering the lives of doctors.

"Driving home after a week-long set of night shifts I almost crashed my car," he told AAP.

We have been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, ABC News and AAP Press, and tonight we were on ABC, Channel 10 and Channel 7 news.
Parliamentary Briefing

After Court we headed to NSW Parliament to brief MPs on our legal action, the need for Award change, and issues with our struggling public health system.

We told MPs that the current Government refuses to allow any changes to the Award under the Wages Policy, and that it is completely impossible to offset all costs with such a high level of institutionalised wage theft.
 
Mr Ryan Park MP, Shadow Minister for Health, told the room that doctors should not be used as “cannon fodder for a health system in crisis” and called upon his colleagues to push our campaign.

MPs were keen to pledge their support for junior doctors, and we will maintain an ongoing dialogue to continue putting pressure on the NSW Government to improve conditions.
L-R:  Lynda Voltz MP, Dr Alex Parr, Leisl Tesch MP, Jenny Aitchison MP, Dr Raj Ubeja, Kate Washington MP, Ryan Park MP, Dr Yvonne Nguyen, Adam Searle MLC. 
Above: Tim Crakanthorp MP, Ryan Park MP

I am very proud to be leading our Union on this historic day and I would like to thank all our members who have supported the campaign so far.

We will continue to lodge contravention claims on behalf of doctors in training, and we will be building our campaign beyond the legal action into 2022.

Generations of doctors stood up today for real change and our voices will be heard.

Let’s keep the pressure on.

Warm regards,
Dr Tony Sara
President
ASMOF NSW

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