Meetings to discuss the Health Blueprint

Posted March 20, 2013 by Vivienne Doogan

Members in Health are holding meetings to protect public healthcare.

Meeting list
Meetings will take place at the hospitals listed here. If your hospital is not on this list and you would like to organise a meeting, please email health@together.org.au

At these meetings, union members will be discussing the recent survey, which set out some key concerns with the changes this government and local management have brought about in Health workplaces.

They will also be discussing the "Blueprint for Queensland Health" which is part of the government’s wider plan for the privatisation of public services.

The state government wants to privatise public services, including:

  • Hospitals and health care;
  • Disability services;
  • Child protection services
  • Corrective services; and
  • Aged care facilities.

The government's "Queensland Plan" needs to focus on quality service provision, not selling off services and cutting costs.

Premier Campbell Newman will be promoting the plan in a showcase event in Mackay on 10 May. Union members will be asking him to put quality services on the agenda.

Sign the Change.Org petition and ask the Premier to oppose privatisation.

We have contacted thousands of Queenslanders who have said in overwhelming numbers that they oppose privatisation. A campaign for public ownership of community services is one that union members and their communities can win.

That's why the Health Minister has started attacking the ability of its workers to join their unions.

In March 2012 they lied when they promised they would not attack job security. They lied when they said they would not privatise. And they were lying when they said they would not remove union members’ rights at work.

They are following the model developed by Jeff Kennett in Victoria when he started privatisation: cut the ability of union members to pay fees via payroll deduction.

We expect that in a few weeks the government will announce new legislation to rewrite even more of their awards and industrial agreements. Payroll deduction will be removed - if you are paying your fees by payroll deduction, you need to change your payment method now.

The attacks from the government are a sign that they know Queenslanders are on your side in the campaign for quality public services, particularly in health.

There is a lot happening in Health right now and all members need to get involved to defend against the attacks at a local level and across the state.

We can win, and build a stronger union that protects all services for Queenslanders from the agenda of short-sighted politicians.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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