Ged Kearney

Ged Kearney

Ged Kearney is the current president of the ACTU.

Ms Kearney became a registered nurse in 1985, and has worked in many settings across the public and private acute sectors, predominantly in Melbourne, and has also been a nursing educator, including manager of the Clinical Nursing Education Department at Austin Health. She has a Bachelor in Education.

Ms Kearney was elected the Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation in
April 2008.

She has been an elected official with the ANF since 2003, also serving as Assistant
Federal Secretary, Federal President and Victorian Branch President.

Articles by Ged Kearney

Why having kids shouldn’t spell the end of your career

Why having kids shouldn’t spell the end of your career

08 Mar 13 I was talking to a successful, twenty-nine year old, business analyst recently and something she said just about knocked me…... Read more

Won’t someone please think of the grown-up children

Won’t someone please think of the grown-up children

05 Mar 13 Prins Ralston’s piece yesterday on The Punch highlighted one of the forgotten issues in this election year – how do…... Read more

Finally some relief for working parents

Finally some relief for working parents

13 Feb 13 When I look back, I remember the years my four children were young as “The Dark Ages”. Not because they…... Read more

As the holidays end, let’s take stock of how lucky we are

As the holidays end, let’s take stock of how lucky we are

28 Jan 13 If I was looking for a metaphor for Australia this Australia Day long-weekend, I’d choose the barbecue. A place where…... Read more

We should dole out more money for the unemployed

We should dole out more money for the unemployed

04 Dec 12 As the saying goes, “If you think the system is working, ask someone who isn’t”. In Australia, the person you…... Read more

Time to shame nations which support the asbestos trade

Time to shame nations which support the asbestos trade

21 Nov 12 It’s 25 years since the manufacture of asbestos stopped in Australia but the shadow it has cast over the lives…... Read more

This developing democracy deserves our attention

This developing democracy deserves our attention

06 Nov 12 Today the world’s most powerful nation goes to the polls in a media-saturated celebration of democracy. Meanwhile 60 million people…... Read more

A blow to single parents, on the eve of Anti-Poverty Week

A blow to single parents, on the eve of Anti-Poverty Week

15 Oct 12 When the Federal Government announced the mining tax, the mining industry employed an armada of lobbyists, produced reams of reports…... Read more

Paying wages in cash is getting way out of hand

Paying wages in cash is getting way out of hand

02 Oct 12 What kind of responsibility do we have to do the right thing? It’s easy to say that doing something which…... Read more

When mining was about mateship, heroes and danger

When mining was about mateship, heroes and danger

17 Sep 12 It was the first day back after a two week Christmas break for the couple of dozen men who worked…... Read more

Did work keep you from your family yesterday?

Did work keep you from your family yesterday?

03 Sep 12 Was your Fathers Day a day where the whole family got together, or was there a missing place at the…... Read more

Don’t forget East Germany won 37 gold medals once…

Don’t forget East Germany won 37 gold medals once…

13 Aug 12 Sometimes a gold medal is only a gold medal. That may hard for some people to believe, particularly in the…... Read more

Down, down, outsourced workers’ wages are down

Down, down, outsourced workers’ wages are down

30 Jul 12 Every big company has a line about corporate social responsibility, and what it contributes to the community. But there’s always…... Read more

Workplace bullying: The buck stops with the boss

Workplace bullying: The buck stops with the boss

16 Jul 12 They say that all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to stand by and do…... Read more

Deep down we’re all unionists, even the haters

Deep down we’re all unionists, even the haters

22 May 12 Bill Kelty made a memorable speech last week. Addressing the ACTU Congress Dinner in Sydney, the legendary ACTU Secretary who…... Read more

Job insecurity is a bigger stress than the cost-of-living

Job insecurity is a bigger stress than the cost-of-living

07 May 12 “Most of our people have never had it so good”, is what British PM Harold MacMillan bluntly told his country…... Read more

Oh what a feeling, no future!

Oh what a feeling, no future!

23 Apr 12 We throw away last season’s clothes, older-model cars and mobile phones that are out of date. But is our disposable…... Read more

Spare a thought for those who worked this Easter

Spare a thought for those who worked this Easter

09 Apr 12 If you’re reading this on your break at work this Easter Monday, commiserations. If you worked over the weekend, or…... Read more

Some super stuff actually happens in Parliament

Some super stuff actually happens in Parliament

26 Mar 12 I sometimes think there are two kinds of politics in Australia. The stuff that gets reported, and the stuff that…... Read more

Unions represent millions. Mining giants, only a few

Unions represent millions. Mining giants, only a few

13 Mar 12 In the same way that fish don’t really understand what water is, most Australians (except perhaps those who have come…... Read more

While Labor self-immolates, workers want answers

While Labor self-immolates, workers want answers

27 Feb 12 Most of you political junkies might skip over this piece because it doesn’t involve a hard-edged analysis of who-hates-who in…... Read more

Are you feeling insecure?

Are you feeling insecure?

13 Feb 12 Is your job less secure than the one you had five or 10 years ago? Are you a casual worker,…... Read more

Multiculturalism. It’s as Aussie as a lamb roast

Multiculturalism. It’s as Aussie as a lamb roast

23 Jan 12 Christmas is long gone, New Year is a distant memory, the tennis is on TV and the summer break that…... Read more

And the Scroogie goes to…

And the Scroogie goes to…

26 Dec 11 I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas yesterday, whatever you ended up doing. I spent the day, as I do every…... Read more

A gorgeous tropical paradise ruined by a cruel regime

A gorgeous tropical paradise ruined by a cruel regime

13 Dec 11 While the rest of the world is throwing off the shackles of authoritarian regimes and taking the first steps towards…... Read more

Unions keeping Labor united with workers

Unions keeping Labor united with workers

28 Nov 11 For over 100 years unions have been the anchor for the Australian Labor Party. Without the weight of the two…... Read more

Baiada is playing chicken with livelihoods and lives

Baiada is playing chicken with livelihoods and lives

14 Nov 11 Until the dramatic events of Friday night, the Baiada Poultry dispute in suburban Melbourne had not had the publicity of…... Read more

If a union did this, all hell would break loose

If a union did this, all hell would break loose

01 Nov 11 First Alan, congratulations on your pay rise, and congratulations on Qantas’ profit in the last financial year. But sadly, I…... Read more

Hate is the new debate

Hate is the new debate

18 Oct 11 If the catch cry of the 60s was “all you need is love” it seems the slogan of the 21st…... Read more

A secure job is no luxury

A secure job is no luxury

03 Oct 11 Sometimes a change creeps up so stealthily that you hardly notice how far it’s gone. That’s how I feel about…... Read more

Unions: out there fighting for ordinary Aussies every day

Unions: out there fighting for ordinary Aussies every day

19 Sep 11 When I first entered the workforce some two decades ago, becoming a union leader wasn’t even on my radar. I…... Read more

Wage cuts would only add to retails of woe

Wage cuts would only add to retails of woe

06 Sep 11 One of the quirky differences any Australian notices when they go to the USA is the culture of tipping. Lower…... Read more

The flying kangaroo need not be a flying panda

The flying kangaroo need not be a flying panda

23 Aug 11 “There Is No Alternative” was a favourite line of Margaret Thatcher’s whenever she was trying to push one of her…... Read more

Attacks on tax lack facts

Attacks on tax lack facts

09 Aug 11 It’s a little unfashionable to come out in favour of taxation these days. If you read the debate about our…... Read more

Don’t let Australians fall through the cracks

Don’t let Australians fall through the cracks

25 Jul 11 Imagine if there was a minority group in society that was less likely to finish school, less likely to get…... Read more

The only thing to fear from the carbon tax is fear itself

The only thing to fear from the carbon tax is fear itself

12 Jul 11 Winston Churchill once said a lie can get halfway round the world before the truth has a chance to put…... Read more

It’s never been clearer, there really is no place like home

It’s never been clearer, there really is no place like home

27 Jun 11 They say the best thing about travel is that it gives you a better understanding and appreciation of home.  That’s…... Read more

Fiji: Franksta’s paradise hides a dark side

Fiji: Franksta’s paradise hides a dark side

13 Jun 11 When it’s this cold many of us think of escaping to a warm island paradise, but when it comes to…... Read more

Equal pay: Plenty of women are still being left behind

Equal pay: Plenty of women are still being left behind

30 May 11 Sometimes we are so busy getting on with our lives we don’t notice history is being made before our eyes.…... Read more

Ask not what the budget can do for you…

Ask not what the budget can do for you…

16 May 11 It’s not long ago that when people talked about the Federal Budget, the discussion was about more than hand-outs or…... Read more

Unions are still giving ordinary Australians a voice

Unions are still giving ordinary Australians a voice

02 May 11 You can’t understand the history of social progress in Australia without understanding the union movement. Unions have been the way…... Read more

Climate change is real, and someone must pay

Climate change is real, and someone must pay

19 Apr 11 I’ve got a confession to make: I’m not a climate scientist. Nor am I an economic modeller.  I am the…... Read more

How can they dance when the promises are burning?

How can they dance when the promises are burning?

04 Apr 11 Given we don’t have an official national dance, I would like to nominate one. Let’s call it ‘the Election Day…... Read more

Why our poorest workers deserve an extra $28 a week

Why our poorest workers deserve an extra $28 a week

23 Mar 11 Each year the debate over the minimum wage seems to be dominated by people who’ll never have to live on…... Read more

Creepy sense of déjà vu over carbon tax

Creepy sense of déjà vu over carbon tax

07 Mar 11 Since the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee made its announcement regarding a price on carbon late last month, Australians may well…... Read more

You call ‘em thugs, I call ‘em foot soldiers of democracy

You call ‘em thugs, I call ‘em foot soldiers of democracy

21 Feb 11 We’ve had factional thugs and faceless men, dishonourable rats and bloodsuckers, slap-downs and sabre-rattling – union officials have hit the…... Read more

Foreign workers are not the solution to a quick cleanup

Foreign workers are not the solution to a quick cleanup

07 Feb 11 The Queensland floods are the most economically damaging natural disaster in Australian history – but as reconstruction begins, we should…... Read more

Fair go: a national character we can be proud of

Fair go: a national character we can be proud of

24 Jan 11 Notwithstanding the political sensitivities around the day, January 26 should be a time to consider where we’ve come from, what…... Read more

If you’re reading this you’re not on holiday

If you’re reading this you’re not on holiday

10 Jan 11 Are you on annual leave right now? If so, you’re already doing better than one third of Australians who toil…... Read more

Welcome to Generation Fair

Welcome to Generation Fair

27 Dec 10 From the moment the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Australia will begin summoning in a new generation –…... Read more

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