United Voice, the Health Union, is pleased to announce the approval of the new Hospital Support Workers Industrial Agreement.
Hospital Support Workers, from multiple hospitals, spent months bargaining with the Department of Health and secured some great wins, including protecting jobs and preventing privatisation.
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.”Read more
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
The Western Australian Liberal government has hit a new low with their decision to privatise eight new public schools.
Under the new system a private company will build public schools and then maintain them for 25 years. This means cleaning and gardening services will be privatised.
United Voice WA Secretary Carolyn Smith said it was staggering that after more than $268 million in waste following the privatisation of Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Government’s decision was to make the same mistakes again.
“The Government has already slashed funding to public schools, leading 20,000 parents and staff to rally against them back in April,” she said.Read more
Nearly 1000 United Voice members from schools and hospitals rallied at Parliament House today, protesting against Colin Barnett’s Workplace Reform Bill.
Members are angry that Colin Barnett signed their EBA not even a year ago, but has now written a law which makes it easier for employees to be sacked and stripped of other conditions such as retraining and redeployment.
Brian, a school gardener, said he was angry at how easily Barnett could walk away from an agreement he had already signed.
“How the bloody hell can he walk away from an agreement he signed with us?” he asked.Read more