Pay dispute could affect services

PLASTER technicians at Bundaberg Hospital are considering industrial action after a series of meetings between the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) and Queensland Health failed to resolve an ongoing pay dispute.

“Pay discrepancies of 30 cents an hour between plaster technicians could result in the loss of the out-of-hours plaster service for the hospital,” AWU Organiser Tony Beers said.

“By refusing to pay the extra 30 cents an hour, Queensland Health may force already busy doctors and nurses to perform the out-of-hours plaster service themselves when they should be attending to other patients.”

Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District Northern Cluster manager Beth Norton said that Queensland Health was committed to working along with the union with every intention of achieving a positive outcome for plaster technicians across the district.

“Queensland Health is committed to the continuation of quality patient care at Bundaberg Hospital,” she said.

“The matter involving plaster technicians at Bundaberg Hospital is the result of a dispute about the interpretation of a state-wide enterprise bargaining initiative.”



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