Unvaccinated nurses facing potential sacking ask Federal Court to intervene

Blake AntrobusNCA NewsWire
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A group of unvaccinated nurses has taken one of Victoria’s largest health services to court in a bid to prevent their sacking for not getting a Covid-19 jab.

The urgent court action was launched by the Nurses Professional Association of Queensland in the Federal Court on Friday, with multiple nurses seeking an injunction to stop the disciplinary action.

Under orders from the Victorian Government, healthcare workers are required to show proof they have received their first dose to attend work.

Camera IconA group of unvaccinated nurses facing potential termination by Monash Health has asked the Federal Court to intervene on the decision. Credit: News Corp Australia

Barrister Nick Ferrett QC, acting for the group of nurses, told the court at least two people had been spoken to concerning disciplinary proceedings.

“They’ve been threatened with termination if they discuss it with anyone other than a very limited class,” Mr Ferrett said.

But Matthew Follett, acting for Monash Health, said there was no intention to terminate anyone’s employment today.

Camera IconA lawyer for Monash Health told the Federal Court on Friday a decision on the action was not going to happen today. Credit: News Corp Australia

Mr Follett said the organisation had asked the nurses to speak to them about their circumstances but they had not co-operated.

The court was told Monash Health was following a process to ensure its staff were vaccinated.

While Monash Health had not said what the final outcome would be, Mr Follett said one possible result may be termination.

The matter has been adjourned to November 1 for a hearing.

Originally published as Unvaccinated nurses facing potential sacking ask Federal Court to intervene

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