Tensions rise between the state government and hospital workers

INDUSTRIAL ACTION: United Voice ensures patient safety will not be compromised as hospital workers participate in stop work meetings.
INDUSTRIAL ACTION: United Voice ensures patient safety will not be compromised as hospital workers participate in stop work meetings.

The Port Augusta Hospital is likely to experience major disruptions in the coming weeks as tension across the public sector continues to rise.

Members of United Voice have announced a spate of rolling stoppages across a number of major hospitals after claiming the state government has refused to address critical issues. 

Almost 100 United Voice members from the Repatriation General Hospital walked off the job on Wednesday, October 4 and members from the Port Augusta Hospital are tipped to follow suit.

United Voice Branch Secretary David Di Troia said, “The Government has refused to commit to no further outsourcing, or to address the crisis of staff shortages in the public sector.

“United Voice members need jobs they can count on in order to continue to provide high quality health services to South Australia.”

Industrial action escalated after United Voice felt the offer they received from the state government early in September was “substandard” and “overturned several matters that in United Voice’s view had already been agreed in principle”.

Orderlies, patient services attendants, kitchen workers and disability and aged carers are campaigning for a commitment to no new privatisation or outsourcing in the new agreement as well as a fair wage increase and job security.

The stop work meeting at the Repatriation General Hospital lasted for over an hour, however United Voice have ensured that patient safety has not and will not be compromised during any of the upcoming meetings.