• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4918

Carson, Barbara

Barbara Carson c.1985
  • Occupation Nurse, Trade unionist


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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    • Royal Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) (1975 - 1988)