Broome nurses joined their metropolitan counter parts in a state-wide strike action for better pay, rallying outside Broome Hospital on November 25. Dozens of Broome nurses walked off the job in protest, holding signs that read “5 per cent equals keeping our nurses” and “We stand united” as they rallied outside the entrance to the hospital. It came as thousands of nurses gathered at the front steps of Parliament House in Perth demanding a five per cent pay rise from the McGowan Government. About 14,000 surgeries and procedures — including for cancer patients — didn’t go ahead on November 25 as nurses left their posts in an attempt to strong-arm the McGowan Government to improve its pay rise offer from three to five per cent. The Australian Nursing Federation ignored warnings about patient safety and pushed-ahead with the State-wide strike, forcing cancellations of hundreds of surgeries and 14,000 hospital appointments. It’s understood nurses tasked with delivering cancer treatment at Perth Children’s Hospital were among those who walked off the job, meaning doctors were required to plug the gaps. After the WA Industrial Relations Commission accused the union of bargaining in “bad faith” and appealed for it to call off the strike, ANF secretary Janet Reah declared that was “not my problem -- that’s their problem”. “The strike, with skeleton staff left on the wards and in clinics and communities, is going to be a snapshot. This is what the future holds if we do not treat nurses and midwives better,” Ms Reah said. Ms Reah told the 3000-strong crowd that Premier McGowan, Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston and Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson were invited to the rally. Mr McGowan and Mr Johnston did not respond to the invitation, while Ms Sanderson telephoned the union boss before 6am to say she wouldn’t be there and to renew her call for the strike to be called off. Ms Reah vowed to continue industrial action over failed wage and condition negotiations with the McGowan Government and declared the mass rally of 3000 members at State Parliament as their “biggest in history”.