Health Members Update: Is your job safe?

Posted July 4, 2012 by Alex Scott

Having a permanent position in the public sector used to provide people with some level of employment security.

Under our collective agreements members have fought for and won the guarantee that there would be no forced retrenchments.

For some public servants, who are covered by government 'Directives' (non-Health areas) that all changed on Friday.

The government has gazetted a new Directive which allows departments to forcibly retrench permanent public servants just four months after they decide they no longer want the position.

This is at a time when government is starting to restructure departments to cut costs, Queensland Health being no exception.

We need to stand up for employment security.

That is why we are proposing some direct action, outside of working hours, to draw attention to this attack on the public service.

The details for the Brisbane rally are:
Where: Outside Parliament House, Cnr of Alice and George Streets
Time: Monday 16 July, after work - final details to come

Details of localised regional events will be confirmed soon - we'll let you know.

The Brisbane rally is scheduled for a time when we know we can get the best impact with the media. We just need to make sure that we have as many people there as possible, to make sure our message is strong.

People across the state are angry about attacks on job security, attacks on wages and attacks on temporary workers. On Sunday over 100 Together members turned out in Townsville and sent the government a strong message. We need to keep the momentum going.

By standing Together we can protect job security and make a real difference.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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