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3:56 pm, February 10th, 2016 - 83 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, activism, democracy under attack, national, Steven Joyce, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: josie butler
Fairfax media is suggesting that Josie Butler, hurler of the fake dildo at Steven Joyce, may be facing repercussions at work.
The employer of a woman who threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce refuses to say if she will be disciplined.
Josie Butler, a nurse at Hillmorton Hospital in Christchurch, leapt to international fame after flinging the toy in the face of Joyce at Waitangi
She said she was “very concerned” about the effects of the TPP on her patients.
“We already have over 300,000 children living below the poverty line, I don’t want to live in a country where families have to choose between potentially life saving medication or feeding their children because of the increased price of medications under the TPPA.”
Canterbury District Health Board general manager of people and capability Michael Frampton said the DHB would not comment on whether Butler faced any disciplinary measures.
I trust the reticence to comment is based on a preference to not discuss any staff matters publicly rather than because there is action contemplated. Because people should not be punished for symbolic political action performed when they are not working. And because all the signs suggest that Josie is a dedicated passionate nurse.
She was praised for her efforts during the Canterbury earthquake and received public praise for her efforts. She was awarded a Christchurch Earthquake Award for provided life saving CPR and first aid to the injured on Colombo Street. From the Christchurch Press:
Hillmorton Hospital psychiatric nurse Josie Butler, 26, who graduated last week, is certain the voluntary work contributed to her academic success.
In town when the magnitude-6.3 quake struck, she immediately started offering medical assistance, working until 9pm at the Moorhouse Medical Centre.
She later worked at Princess Margaret Hospital, rest homes and welfare centres with the nursing volunteer army.
Butler said the experience of performing medical procedures “without somebody looking over your shoulder” was a huge confidence boost.
“It was quite stressful, but I want to nurse in Sudan, and now I know I can cope with any situation,” she said.
“We all agree it ignited a passion . . . that nursing is more than just a job; it’s a way of life.”
I presume that the story is mischievous and nothing will happen to her. But as Helen Kelly states you have to wonder why the media would contact the employer to even ask if disciplinary action will occur.
Many think that she deserves praise rather than discipline for her action. Certainly it would be a travesty if her act of civil disobedience resulted in disciplinary action being taken.