TIME FOR ACTION: Bob Elphinstone with striking health workers.
TIME FOR ACTION: Bob Elphinstone with striking health workers. Allan Reinikka

Health workers strike over pay row

RADIOGRAPHER and union delegate Anita Burns said there were three patients she could have seen during the time she was striking outside the Rockhampton Hospital yesterday afternoon.

But Mrs Burns, of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union, said the issue of fair pay for health professionals was too important to her and 55 others, who gathered to not take action.

The LHMU and the Queensland Public Sector Union are running a joint campaign for a 4.5 per cent pay increase this year for their members and 4 per cent over the next two years.

The unions represent health practitioners such as psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, radiographers and scientists.

The Queensland Government has offered the workers a 7.5 per cent pay rise over three years which equates to a 2.5 per cent pay rise each year.

QPSU organiser Bob Elphinstone said the government’s offer was less than inflation and not good enough.

Mr Elphinstone said its campaign was not only about fair pay for its members but also quality services for Central Queensland residents.

“It’s about making sure Central Queensland does not get ripped off by not getting the services we need,” Mr Elphinstone said.

Further discussions are scheduled for next week.



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