Ron Fossen.
Ron Fossen.

Hospital wage war sparks strike

GYMPIE Hospital workers will strike from midnight tonight to show the government they’ve “had enough”.

Queensland Public Sector Union Gympie organiser, Ron Fossen said local union members would take part in a 24 hour strike from midnight and not turn up for work in that time.

He said there would be a skeleton staff on hand to man the pathology department for emergencies.

“They’ve had enough,” Mr Fossen said of an unsatisfactory pay offer from the State Government.

Earlier this month the health practitioners (HPs) held a public rally outside the Gympie Hospital but that didn’t seem to move the State Government into action to increase their pay offer.

Health practitioners including physiotherapists, social workers and radiologists have been offered a 2.5 per cent pay rise a year for three years.

But Mr Fossen said it wasn’t good enough with inflation at 3.1 per cent and wants the same as other health professionals have been offered, 12.5 per cent over three years.

In light of the planned strikes an urgent meeting was called yesterday with unions and senior health officials.

At the meeting health bosses indicated they were aware of the HPs issues and respected their rights to strike.

They also said talks would continue, but a new offer couldn’t come in time to stop the strike.

Gympie Times

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