In Australia, thousands of nurses have gone on strike in Country’s most populous state of New South Wales.

Nurses said that they wanted better pay for their jobs and a better balance between their numbers and patients requiring their services.

According to media reports their demands include mandated nurse-to-patient ratios and a pay rise of higher than 2.5%.
Thousands of nurses and midwives protested at the parliament building in Sydney in solidarity.

It is the first industrial action taken by nurses in almost a decade and it comes despite an order by the state’s industrial relations commission to call off the strike.