EB8: Breakthrough is our call to action

Posted October 6, 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 totalling $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.

While this is a great outcome for payroll staff, all other health workers are being left out in the cold. Workers around the state and across all disciplines have been impacted by the payroll crisis and similar improvements are being refused in the EB8 negotiations.

While Health continues to use budget as an excuse to shirk their duty to pay their workers fairly, they've been able to find millions to make this problem go away.

Let's give them another problem!

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 workers will be asking for a similar intervention when we rally on Parliament House next week. 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 make the choice to get involved in the campaign, and encourage your workmates to do the same, so we can win respect for all Health workers.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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