Jill Poulsen, The Courier-Mail
November 1, 2018 9:31am
NURSES at the Wesley and St Andrew’s private hospitals will start industrial action this week over what they claim is unfair treatment.
Nurses Professional Association of Queensland members have provided notice to the employer, UnitingCare Health, that they intend to start industrial action because they are fed-up with siding with the Queensland Nurses and Midwifery Union.
NPAQ Asst Secretary Jack McGuire said the nurses were most angry over the employer’s decision to refuse to take out clauses in the proposed enterprise agreement that discriminates against them based on who they choose as their employee representative.
Currently, the agreement contains clauses which are beneficial to those in the QNMU and not beneficial to those who aren’t, he said.
“The actions of the employer during recent bargaining negotiations have prompted us to ask deeper questions like ‘what is a nurse worth?’ and ‘is it fair that a nurse performing the same duties at a private hospital gets paid less than one at a public hospital?’,” he said.
Nurses are taking action in the form of wearing campaign t-shirts to work and handing out flyers.
A spokesman for UnitingCare Health said it had bargained over a number of months with NPAQ and the QNMU in accordance with the requirements of the Fair Work Act.
“UnitingCare Health’s proposed Enterprise Agreement fully recognises the care our nurses and midwives provide to our patients every day by continuing to provide a generous package of terms and conditions compared with the rest of Queensland’s private hospital industry,” he said.
“UnitingCare Health has not been notified by NPAQ of any planned NPAQ industrial action.”
Originally published as Nurses at two Brisbane hospitals take industrial action