Queensland Health cuts: end the uncertainty!

Posted October 5, 2012 by Alex Scott

From early September, Premier Newman announced 4000 job cuts to Health areas.  Then on budget day, he advised the media that public servants and health workers deserved certainty' and would know whether they were staying or going.  As we are all aware, this has not been the case.

We have seen management in some areas attempting to steamroll through changes without consultation and with ridulously short timeframes.

Corporate Office and DCHO have been the first areas to enact Campbell Newman's job cuts across the public sector. The information provided was disorganised and insufficient for delegates to ensure the closed merit process would not leave people disadvantaged.

If a clear process was not put in place, one with clear boundaries, then it leaves our members open to be disadvantaged when applying for positions (which may see them unnecessarily displaced).

Therefore, Together representatives lodged a dispute in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission regarding the closed merit process and consultation regarding the job cuts. We were able to clearly show the Commissioner that there is a need for Qld Health to provide the requested information and to work out a sound process that can be consistently applied across all areas.

That dispute has now been heard.

Deputy President Bloomfield agreed with the concerns raised by your union's representatives about the disorganised process. Further, in order to facilitate a streamlined approach for future organisational change, he agreed to facilitate a meeting with representatives from each Hospital and Health Service (likely to be a senior HR representative and the CEO/ COO) and union representatives. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and agree on how Queensland Health needs to consult with union members regarding future changes and what information must be provided. This meeting will be held on 16 October 2012 and we'll be able to pass on more information after this.

This important step ensures all information regarding the change and what this means for you and your workplace is provided in a more standardised way and that the process is fair and transparent for all members.

Well done on your continued support of jobs and services in Queensland Health - together we can make a difference to this process.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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