Mediation no cure-all for public health
Non-nursing public health workers in Queensland have rejected the State Government's proposals for mediation to end a dispute over an enterprise bargaining agreement. "Mediation may be useful, but is not a substitute for goodwill or negotiating in good faith", said Australian Services Union (ASU) Branch Secretary Julie Bignell. "This means coming to the table with an open mind and a willingness to look at issues of job security, better training and improved working conditions. This is the only way we can resolve this dispute", she said. Public health workers — nursing and non-nursing — are in dispute with the Government over its failure to offer a decent pay rise and better working conditions. During the dispute the Government has stooped to the lowest depths in hurling abuse at staff and using federally funded trainees to break union bans. "We have already seen that public health workers won't stand for the offer that has been on the table for some months", Ms Bignell said. "If the Premier is serious about resolving this dispute, we need a fair offer that will deliver security for your members and better hospitals for Queensland."