EB9: What we did

Posted on October 12, 2016

EB9: Stand Up for Health WorkersI am not someone who expects too much but I do expect a fair process for our negotiations about wages and conditions. I want QH to understand that 2.5% and nothing else is just not good enough when some of my colleagues don’t have secure jobs and we are all overworked.

QH’s offer is more than disappointing; it is insulting! That’s why we rejected it and why hundreds of members across the state have been turning up to their local meetings.

Last week when QH negotiators had nothing new to bring to the table, I felt incredibly frustrated. That’s why my team and I made the decision to go ahead and put in for a vote on industrial action. The process was so much easier than we thought it would be.

It’s really easy to feel like you can’t make a difference to your life at work but with industrial action we can send a message to our Director-General and the Minister that we deserve to have secure jobs, fair pay and manageable workloads.

We know that our jobs are valuable to Queensland’s health service and we want to see Queensland Health step up to the plate and put something new and better on the table.

Here’s what we did:

  1. We organised a team meeting
  2. We looked at the kit that the union office put together 
  3. We filled in the form online and attached our staff list 

Now the union office will make an application to the Industrial Relations Commission and then we’ll get ballot papers in the mail. Theses ballots don’t cost us anything but they prove to QH that they need to listen to us!

We’re going to bring our ballot papers into work and vote YES to all of the questions together to make sure no one forgets to post them back.

After our vote, we can then decide what action we want to take.

Our team is excited about taking action to make QH take us seriously but we need other teams to join us in lodging ballots. Together, we are more powerful than we realise.

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