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News Media Releases LHMU media release: Hospital support workers propose arbitration to resolve dispute & Government announces private company to run Fiona Stanley
LHMU media release: Hospital support workers propose arbitration to resolve dispute & Government announces private company to run Fiona Stanley
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 14:00

While the Barnett Government is reluctant to even negotiate with low paid hopspital support staff over a small wage increase, they have no qualms handing over the running of our hospitals to multi-national companies...

From the LHMU: Hospital support workers have proposed having their dispute with the government resolved in arbitration hearings at the West Australian Industrial Relations Commission.

The workers want the independent umpire to resolve the two key issues in their dispute  – their pay and the Barnett government’s privatisation agenda.

So far the response from the government on this proposal has been luke warm.

Dave Kelly, secretary of the LHMU, said: “It is clear the government will not budge on privatisation so our members are keen that an independent umpire makes a decision on this issue after looking at all the evidence. 

“They would rather the dispute be resolved in negotiations with the government but Colin Barnett seems hell bent on privatising our members’ jobs.

“Only today the state government has announced that it has chosen Serco as its preferred operator to run the non clinical services at Fiona Stanley. It seems they are putting their foot on the gas on the privatisation process at this hospital.

“Our members are very concerned about what this will mean for their jobs and patient care. This is why they have been participating in minor work bans aimed at causing disruption to management.

“Yesterday, officials threatened to stop the pay entirely of workers who were participating in the work bans. This is not a position our members, none of whom are earning more than $40,000 a year, want to find themselves in in the current financial climate.

“We can keep slugging it out in hospitals with further industrial action which could affect patient care, or this could be resolved in arbitration. It’s now up to the government.”

Contact:   Jo Manning (08) 9388 5492 or 0401 711 286

 
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