EB9: I did it, you can too!

Posted on November 22, 2016

Yesterday, my colleagues and I were the first group around the state to hold our public rally at Townsville Hospital. We had our HPDO colleagues turn out to join us. We had big local media coverage and we're following that up with calls to our local MPs. We talked about the things we're really worried about – job security and workload management – that Queensland Health is currently doing nothing to fix in our EB offer. We need the Minister to intervene now.

Townsville union members stop work

Tomorrow those of you in Cairns, Maryborough, Rockhampton and Mackay will have your turn. Make sure you go to your rally – it does make a difference how many of us turn up!

Thursday it's your turn Toowoomba.

Then next week on Tuesday 29 November there’ll be a big gathering outside Parliament House to deliver our message on the politicians’ front door. It'll be a big colourful event with banners, lots of media coverage, and purple shirts. 

Click for a list of locations and time for these events.

Momentum is growing!  We know that the government are looking at our rally next week nervously and they are going to be facing more questions from the local MPs across the state as to what they are doing to get a serious response from the employer to the issues we are raising. It was great to see Rockhampton eHealth staff being the first group to take their protected industrial action last week as well – standing up for permanency and job security in a very public way. We are important to the health system and we need our Minister and the government to advocate for us and give us a respectful offer.

We can win this, we can get the politicians to intervene and fix the situation, but only if we get everyone turning out to our rallies, participating in the Protected Action Ballots, taking action and showing the employer that we are serious.

In Townsville yesterday, here is the motion we passed: 

“This meeting of Together members at Townsville Hospital rejects the offer from Queensland Health and calls on the Premier and the Health Minister to intervene in the negotiations and talk seriously about job security, workload management, work value and career paths and real and meaningful consultation from the Boards and every member of the management team.

Together members resolve to demonstrate our resolve by taking industrial action to give ourselves the best opportunity to improve this offer. We deserve a respectful offer that reflects our essential role in the health system."

Your union office have been getting a lot of emails and messages of support – keep it going! Talk to your colleagues, take part in your local actions, attend the public rallies, and ask your colleagues to join.

If you are at QHFSS, QEII, RBWH, PAH, The Prince Charles Hospital, Logan Hospital and Ipswich Hospitals there will be buses available next Tuesday to take you to the Parliament House rally in time for the start at 12:00pm. Talk to your local delegates or email health@together.org.au if you have any questions about transport to the rally.  You can RSVP to the Parliament House event on Facebook here and invite your colleagues.

Our office is making other arrangements for members outside of the major hospital settings close to the south east – we can arrange cab charge or pick ups wherever possible. I have heard that some colleagues are driving in or catching the bus.

Remember to wear sunscreen and wear purple! Our event was a great turnout for Townsville and if we can keep having events this week and putting pressure on the politicians we can win. Let's keep going!

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