Nurses rally to get wages
“COMPASSION doesn’t pay the rent,” Queensland Public Sector Union (QPSU) regional organiser Ron Fossen said yesterday.
Mr Fossen was commenting on the seven-week Queensland Health pay bungle that doesn’t seem to have an end.
He said the Gympie Hospital allied health and administration staff that he represented were tired of having their pays stuffed up and they would show that frustration at a public rally held in conjunction with the Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) on Monday at noon. Staff are requested to wear black to the rally.
QNU regional organiser Wayne Graham said some nurses were still waiting to be paid.
“It’s terrible, the pay debacle continues,” he said.
“Patient care is in danger of being compromised.”
QNU REGIONAL organiser Wayne Graham said pay adjustment forms designed to fix the first pay bungle at the end of March “still hadn’t been sorted out” and there was a huge backlog of claims.
He couldn’t say how many nurses in Gympie were missing pay but he did say the majority had been affected in some way.
“The real scary thing is what’s going to happen at June 30...most of the nurses salary sacrifice, their super is affected and they read their payslips and don’t understand them,” he said.
As a union he said the QNU was doing what it could, but there were a lot of people doing it tough.
“It’s an extreme stress on their lives...their job is hard enough anyway...now we’ve got Nurse Managers off line trying to get people paid. People deserve to be paid, it’s the law. (Gympie Hospital staff) have had enough and patience is running out.”
Mr Graham said he was in Gympie yesterday telling nurses to demand their pay, whether Queensland Health has to write them a cheque or hand over cash.
Mr Fossen said the number of QLD Health staff affected was rising daily and everyone was affected, whether they were paid incorrectly or their leave hadn’t been calculated properly or they has been overpaid.
He said the new $40 million system, which was supposed to be better, needed to be fixed.
Australian Workers’ Union Gympie organiser Maree Duffy said operational staff also had ongoing problems.
Yesterday, Member for Gympie David Gibson spoke to nurses about their pay issues.
Mr Gibson said he would create a Facebook page so people could give support to Qld Health staff.