Nearly 100 support staff walked off the job at Royal Perth Hospital today in response to stalled bargaining with the Department of Health.
The State Government is refusing to formally recommit to not privatise any existing hospital worker job.
Members are also fighting for better job security for casual employees and a wage increase of $50 a week to keep up with the rising cost of living.
Work bans have also been introduced with workers refusing to dispose of rubbish, wash dishes or collect bed linen.
This is only the beginning, with rolling strikes at public hospitals continuing throughout the week.
United Voice delegate Ron has worked at the hospital for over 30 years, and says privatisation doesn’t work.
“For the last 20 years we’ve had that clause in our agreement,” he said.Read more
United Voice members successfully lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission for a Protected Action Ballot to enable Serco workers employed at immigration detention centres across Australia to take industrial action.
The application follows the rejection by members of Serco’s current pay offer for their latest Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
At meetings held at Northam’s Yongah Hill Detention Centre, staff overwhelmingly supported the ballot.
Serco has currently offered an increase of 9 per cent over the next 3 years, while trading off conditions such as a travelling meal allowance.Read more
Thousands 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.