Health employees stage a rally
MORE than 100 of Rockhampton's Queensland Health employees yesterday rallied against a health system they say treats them like second-class citizens.
Workers staged an hour-long lunch-time rally in Rose Park across from Rockhampton Hospital.
The work stoppage was sparked after QH offered a 2.5% pay rise for each year over three years, despite the cost of living increasing by 3.6% a year.
Together union's state secretary Alex Scott said the rally was part of a statewide battle for patient and staff welfare and the future of health services.
"Our members are standing strong together today and saying enough is enough, Queensland Health simply must invest in Rockhampton staff to protect the core of our local health system," Mr Scott said.
He said union members of Together and United Voice had already staged work bans in past months, such as refusing to answer phones if it was not part of their jobs.
Queensland Health's deputy director-general of human resource services John Cairns said the department continued to be willing to discuss new enterprise agreements for its workforce.
Mr Cairns said the unions had been unwilling to accept an offer to increase salaries by 7.5% over three years.