HPs: It's Time for Qld Health to look after all its staff

Posted October 9, 2011 by Alex Scott

The Premier has personally intervened in negotiations for payroll staff that have occurred as part of the Heads of Agreement being negotiated around payroll issues, overpayments and the payroll system.

This intervention has led to an offer of:

  • Progression arrangements from AO2 to AO3 and AO3 to AO4 for payroll workers in the payroll hubs and spokes.
  • Two one-off payments totaling $5000 to payroll workers "...  in recognition of the temporary effect of recent payroll system issues on payroll staff..."
  • All Temporary Payroll employees, with at least 1 year continuous service as at 1 July 2011 will be converted to permanent.Direct appointment for payroll workers who have been acting up for one year out of the last two.

A copy of the proposal can be found here.

This is a great outcome for payroll staff and it's been a long time coming. It's a shame that Qld Health thinks it's okay to leave other health workers out in the cold.

HP's have been very patiently awaiting the certification of their new HP agreement so that they can receive their wages increases and back pay to 1/9/2010, they have also been negatively impacted by the payroll crisis.

Health Practitioners fought long and hard last year to overcome the government's 2.5% wage offer and cuts to conditions.  Delegates have expressed their concerns and  feel that the government needs to come to the table and treat all Health workers with respect on an even playing field. 

This is a huge kick in the face as Health continues to make excuses about the payroll system, not paying Hp's properly, while they have been able to find millions to try and make this problem go away.

Support your fellow EB8 members!

While payroll workers are getting a $5,000 bonus, improved career paths and permanent jobs, Queensland Health negotiators are refusing to budge from their "offer" of no improved career paths, no permanency and a pay offer of just 2.5% - a real wages cut that is both unfair and harmful to our hospital system.

That's why EB8 workers will be asking for a similar intervention when they rally on Parliament House, already over a thousand Together members have committed to coming along, as well as workers from five other unions.

This is our chance to shift the government. If we make a strong sign to the Health that they need to respect all of their workers, we can make a positive difference for thousands of workers. If on the other hand we don't take this chance, the Government will continue to ignore this campaign and we might be left with a wage increase that doesn't keep pace with the cost of living.

Please support your fellow members in their struggle by attending the rallies being held around the State this week and encourage your workmates to do the same. That way we can show Qld Health that all their workers deserve respect.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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