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