Hospital pay offer rejected
GYMPIE Hospital health practitioners want a better deal and will take industrial action to get one.
Queensland Public Sector Union regional organiser Ron Fossen said Gympie psychologists, scientists, radiographers and others would undertake work bans after rejecting a pay offer.
He said the bans in coming weeks wouldn’t impact on patients, because it was not in the nature of the workers he represented.
But they would stop activity relating to quality information service including data entry; audits; performance and development reviews and stop working extra hours without paid overtime.
Mr Fossen said eight weeks ago the QPSU asked for a pay deal that would see the health professionals with a four-and-a-half per cent rise.
He said that figure was the same as what other Queensland Health employees had asked for but the government had only offered two-and-a-half per cent.
“It’s just a terrible offer, inflation is well over three per cent,” Mr Fossen said. He said Gympie workers were concerned and felt “undervalued”.
The rejected offer also cut rural and remote incentive payments, a week of radiographers leave and other allowances.
Mr Fossen said the extra leave was previously granted because of radiographers’ hazardous work conditions.
“Reducing inequity in the health system across the state was one of the four goals set out by the Queensland Government in this year’s budget,” he said.
“Only months later they are trying to slash incentives for vital health workers to take jobs in regional areas. This is on top of trying to force all health workers to take a below inflation cut in real wages. Is it any wonder that our bright young health professionals prefer to take jobs in New South Wales or the United Kingdom than regional Queensland.
Health practitioners in Kingaroy, Hervey Bay and Maryborough are also taking action.