Members win on consultation in Health

Posted October 25, 2012 by Together Queensland

Just over two weeks ago I wrote to you about job cuts and restructures beginning to be implemented without consultation among the Hospital and Health Services and an upcoming conference being held by the Industrial Relations Commission to attempt to finalise an agreed process to end the uncertainty and set out what the obligations are for consultation about organisational change.

This conference has now been held and a number of other matters have been heard by the Commission, including in relation to decisions made to close aged care facilities in Metro North and significant change in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. 

Our union suggested to the Commission that warnings and suggestions did not seem sufficient to protect our members from the unnecessary distress being cause by poor process and requested the Commission consider more binding remedies.

Deputy President Bloomfield agreed and issued a decision which prevents the Sunshine Coast Health and Hospital Service from implementing any of the decisions they announced last week for 21 days while consultation occurs with the relevant unions.

Congratulations to the members and delegates involved in these matters in the Commission and to all Health members for their continued support of jobs and services in Queensland Health and the quality of health care in this State.

Here is an industrial update on these matters and here is the decision. 


Alex Scott 



Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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