Mater allied health staff strike over ‘unprecedented’ wage offer
“For brand spanking new staff it’s equal to round a 20 per cent lower in wages, and for current staff, in the event that they acquired a promotion or change roles they go onto that new wage construction,” Ms Thomas mentioned.
“That is unprecedented. I’ve finished loads of agreements within the well being sector, each non-public and public, and I’ve by no means seen one thing like this.”
Two months in the past, because the negotiations have been ongoing, Mater administration determined to chop its in-house medical imaging companies, outsourcing the work to non-public firm Queensland X-Ray.
Abhi Rishi, a medical scientist and Collectively Union delegate, mentioned some individuals who had been collaborating in negotiations on behalf of medical imaging employees had immediately discovered themselves and not using a job.
Mr Rishi mentioned they’d critical considerations pathology companies could be subsequent within the firing line.
“Now I’m going to those conferences questioning in the event that they’re making a deal someplace else. They hold telling us that’s not taking place however that’s what they advised radiation imaging,” he mentioned.
“We have been sitting in there for six conferences, and one in every of my good colleagues from radiation was coming in good religion, he introduced specialists from outdoors to clarify issues, however whereas that was taking place Mater outsourced medical imaging.
“In order that’s the kind of belief subject that employees have with Mater in the intervening time.”
In a written assertion, the appearing regional govt director of Mater Well being, Justin Greenwell, mentioned they needed to finalise a brand new well being practitioners enterprise settlement that may “steadiness the perfect pursuits of each staff and healthcare companies”.
“Mater values our staff and their important position in supporting the organisation to fulfil our mission and, on the similar time, wants to make sure the continued sustainability of our companies,” he mentioned.
As a part of the economic motion on Wednesday, employees walked off the job from 12.30pm for 4 hours at Mater hospital itself, in addition to Mater’s Springfield facility and Chermside pathology clinic.
Mater was given seven days’ discover of the motion.
As a part of ongoing industrial motion over the Christmas interval, Mater allied well being professionals have been instructed to not submit medical information and to not authorise affected person exams.
Stuart Layt covers well being, science and expertise for the Brisbane Instances. He was previously the Queensland political reporter for AAP.