Essential Staff to Take Industrial Action

Essential Staff to take industrial actionThousands of essential support staff from schools and hospitals will walk off the job next week after United Voice delegates voted this morning to take industrial action.

Members will protest against the Barnett Government’s Workplace Reform Bill which breaks the
promise he made to staff in their contracts earlier this year.

United Voice Secretary Carolyn Smith said members feel their only recourse is to turn up on the
last sitting day of Parliament.

“Members are willing to take action because they have a clear message they want to send to
Colin Barnett: Keep your word,” said Ms Smith.

“The Barnett Government signed a legal agreement that there would be no forced redundancies
after a long hard fought campaign waged by support workers at schools and hospitals earlier
this year.

“He promised that staff would not be sent to work for a private contractor in the event of
their job being cut, and that wages would be maintained.

“Colin has now broken his promise with essential support staff at schools and hospitals.

“Members will walk off the job next Thursday. They are angry and they ought to be.”