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    Barbara Carson c.1985, courtesy of Archives of the Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) Library.
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Carson, Barbara

Occupation
Nurse and Trade unionist

Summary

Barbara Carson became Branch Secretary of the Royal Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) (RANF(Vic)) in 1980. This appointment heralded an ideological shift within the union which had traditionally been a conservative organisation.

Most famously, in 1984 Carson lobbied successfully for the removal of the 'no strike clause' from the Branch rules.This action paved the way for nurses to have more collective power and industrial strength, allowing their demands to be taken seriously.

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Branch Secretary

Digital resources

Title
Barbara Carson c.1985
Type
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Date
1985
Source
Archives of the Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) Library

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James Tierney

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