Prescare chairman Wayne Knapp and chief executive Greg Skelton.
Prescare chairman Wayne Knapp and chief executive Greg Skelton. Valerie Horton

Nurses at Yaralla Place face massive pay cuts, union warns

THE Queensland Nurses Union has warned of massive pay cuts for nurses who are re-employed at Maryborough's Yaralla Place nursing home when it moves to a private provider.

More than 30 nurses are already believed to have taken redundancies at the home, while another 71 nurses were offered redundancy packages by Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services on Tuesday.

Not-for-profit group PresCare will take over at the end of the month.

PresCare chief executive officer Greg Skelton said on Tuesday the organisation was committed to recruiting from nurses who had already taken redundancies.

But QNU secretary Beth Mohle said former Wide Bay HHS nurses who were re-employed under PresCare could face a pay cut of up to $13,000 a year because of pay discrepancies between public and private sectors.

Ms Mohle said from November 1, enrolled nurses would earn $25.60 an hour at PresCare, compared to $27.71/hr in the public sector.

She said a level one registered nurse would earn $32.32/hr under PresCare, compared to $39/hr in the public sector.

"These Yaralla figures are a stark reminder of the workplace injustice that exists in the aged-care sector because of deregulation," Ms Mohle said.



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