FIGHTING FOR RIGHTS: Health workers stage a protest outside Maryborough Hospital yesterday.
FIGHTING FOR RIGHTS: Health workers stage a protest outside Maryborough Hospital yesterday. Jocelyn Watts

Health staff want a better deal

DOZENS of Maryborough health workers used their lunch break yesterday to protest against the Queensland Government’s wage offer.

Health practitioners including psychologists, physiotherapists, radiographers and scientists rallied outside Maryborough Hospital about noon.

The health workers have rejected the State Government’s 2.5 per cent a year pay rise offer over three years.

“Health practitioners are saying enough is enough. All we’ve been reasonably requesting is a fair wage rise instead of a real pay cut and we’re standing up and fighting for it,” Queensland Public Sector Union organiser Ron Fossen said.

“Interstate or overseas health practitioners could practically name their price and aren’t likely to come to Queensland where they’re afraid of not getting paid at all.

“If Queensland Health told the facts they would reveal they still owe money to workers such as oral health practitioners as well as those who were short-changed because of the payroll debacle.”



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