QNMU side with management to silence nurses

UnitingCare Health and QNMU cosy up to prevent Nurses having a voice.

The QNMU have announced today that that will spend roughly $20,000 of nurse member money engaging two barristers and a senior lawyer in their bid to ensure a group of nurses don't have a say during enterprise bargaining negotiations...

UnitingCare Health and QNMU cosy up to prevent Nurses having a voice.

 

The QNMU have announced today that that will spend roughly $20,000 of nurse member money engaging two barristers and a senior lawyer in their bid to ensure a group of nurses don't have a say during enterprise bargaining negotiations.

 

The NPAQ will appear before the Fair Work Commission on Monday seeking orders to overturn a decision by Wesley Hospital HR Management to block an NPAQ bargaining agent from advocating for their members in the ongoing Enterprise Bargaining negotiations. The NPAQ were hoping to increase their numbers from one seat to two - evening the playing field of 12 QNMU and 9 Wesley representatives.

 

The QNMU have formally joined with management and delayed the hearing, which will now be heard on Monday, 16 July, in what will be the first time the NPAQ will have its right to sit at the bargaining table tested.

 

The recent move from the QNMU has raised some eyebrows. NPAQ Assistant Secretary said he is disappointed at the QNMU for choosing pettiness over nurses.

 

Mr McGuire stated, “The motivation behind this seems to be an abhorrent mix of formally cosying up to management and a get square at the nurses who have left the QNMU to join the NPAQ.

 

Mr McGuire continued, “While the QNMU favour some nurses over others, the NPAQ will always advocate for the best interests of all nurses”

 

“In fact, we already have the runs on the board at the Wesley, recently securing millions of dollars in back pay after discovering an underpayment in holiday leave loading.”

Mr McGuire said he “can understand why the Wesley isn’t happy with the NPAQ and perhaps why the QNMU are left a little red-faced - but to try and deny our 200+ nurses from having a voice is simply vindictive and unjust.”

“We are more than happy to fight for the sake of our 200 Wesley Hospital members and more broadly for our 3000 members Queensland wide, and we expect to win”

 

The NPAQ are relying on s 176(1)(c) of the FWA which outlines that any person who is a party to enterprise bargaining can nominate an advocate in writing. Mr McGuire revealed, “The NPAQ have received a significant number of written appointments - technically we should be able to have over 50 representatives at the table.”

Regards,

Jack McGuire

Assistant Secretary


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