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Media Statement
Health workers to vote on industrial action
United Voice, the health professionals union will ballot workers on industrial action after the
Commission approved the unions application.
The industrial action, if agreed upon will be a four hour work stoppage, at over twenty two clinics and
Hospitals during the last week in November.
It comes as health professionals have refused to accept Queensland Health’s enterprise bargaining offer
of just 1.5%, the lowest offered to any workforce so far.
Rebecca Griffin is a radiographer and member of the bargaining team. She said members have taken the
decision to ballot for industrial action because they cannot continue with further cuts to conditions.
Ms Griffin said “10% of the health workforce has been cut, with no replacements. We are struggling to
cover the workload and further cuts will put patients in danger.”
“Queensland Health has offered us the lowest enterprise bargaining offer given to any workforce at just
1.5% and this is in exchange for unrealistic cuts to conditions and allowances.”
“We stand to lose $22,000 a year but it’s not just about the money. As health professionals we are
deeply distressed about the implication these cuts will have on patient care and safety.”
“QH want to cut the emergency clinical on call allowance which ensures radiographers will be available
at all hours to come in if there is an emergency, outside business hours, like a traffic accident.”
“We are already stretched to the limit and forced to do even more work with less resources and now the
government wants to make cuts to virtually every condition and allowance we have.
“The last thing we want to do is take industrial action but this government will keep cutting our health
service to the bone unless we do something about it and stand up for ourselves.”
“This is just the beginning. We can only imagine whose jobs will be cut next or who will be targeted for
conditions and wage losses.”
For further information contact Susan Butler on 0428189130
Hospitals and clinics where members will be balloted for industrial action:
Brisbane Dental Hospital
Stanthorpe Hospital
Mareeba Hospital
Sandgate Dental Lab
Logan Hospital
Gold Coast University Hospital
Redlands Hospital
Nambour General Hospital
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital
Palm Beach Dental Lab
Nerang Dental Lab
Runaway Bay Lab
Southport Lab
Robina Hospital
Charleville Hospital
Roma Hospital
Toowoomba Hospital
Moranbah Hospital
Innisfail Hospital
Dalby Hospital
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