Premier commits: No Further Privatisation of Public Hospitals

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This morning United Voice delegates met with Premier Colin Barnett to discuss privatisation in public hospitals.

At the meeting support workers discussed their concerns about what happening in public hospitals including; privatisation, casualisation of staff and job security.

The Premier agreed there will be no further privatisation of public hospitals for the term of the new agreement.

With this commitment and the clauses protecting jobs retained in the agreement, the United Voice bargaining committee endorse the new two year EBA deal.

United Voice delegate from Royal Perth Hospital Judy attended the meeting with the Premier.

“I think it went well,” she said.

‘And I think members will be relieved. But as far as I’m concerned nothing is signed on the dotted line until we see the letter from the Premier.”

Secretary of United Voice WA, Carolyn Smith says this is a positive outcome for staff and the WA public.

“This commitment means public services will be kept in public hands.

“This agreement covers over 5000 workers. That means 5000 WA families who know their jobs will not be privatised.

“Members bargained in good faith and because of today’s commitment from the Premier, there will be no further strike action in hospitals,” Ms Smith said.

As soon as possible member meetings will commence across hospitals to discuss the new deal.

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