Health Minister Lawrence Springborg zeros in on union deal
HEALTH Minister Lawrence Springborg spoke out about the decision to review Queensland Health's position on unions during a brief visit to Rockhampton yesterday.
Earlier this week Mr Springborg said the Newman Government was reviewing the Union Encouragement human resources policy, which is linked to multiple Queensland Health enterprise bargaining agreements.
The Bulletin understands under the current policy, managers and supervisors must encourage union membership.
Mr Springborg said yesterday he did not want Queensland Health staff being paid to do the work of union organisers.
"I fully support the role that unions play in the health system, but I do not want to see supervisors and mangers being paid to do the work of a union organiser," he said.
"These people are highly trained and we want them to do the job they are paid to do."
Unions now have two weeks to provide a submission on why the policy should remain; a decision which has been highly criticised by Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams, who said the unions should not have to prove their relevance to the State Government.
Mr Springborg was in town yesterday for the Rural Birthing Summit.
For more on that issue, see next week's edition of the Rural Weekly.