Health workers want a better deal
HEALTH workers took their fight for a better pay deal to the street yesterday when they rallied outside Bundaberg Hospital.
The Queensland Public Sector Union (QPSU) members were making it clear they rejected Queensland Health’s offer of a 2.5% a year pay rise.
Health practitioners, including psychologists, physiotherapists, radio- graphers and scientists, joined their colleagues across the state in protesting against the pay offer.
QPSU Bundaberg lead organiser Bob Elphinstone said the pay offer by the government did not even cover inflation.
Mr Elphinstone said the health workers were mostly tertiary educated and there was a global demand for their services.
Queensland Health’s deputy director-general of corporate services, Michael Walsh, said the workers were highly valued and their pay reflected that.
“They are the highest paid health professionals in Australia, earning more than their colleagues in NSW, Victoria and other states,” he said.