Brisbane’s Mater Hospital will be hit by industrial action from as early as next week, with nurses and midwives saying they’re owed $1 million in pay.
BRISBANE – Nurses and midwives at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital have voted to take industrial action, saying they’re owed more than $1 million in pay.
The Queensland Nurses Union says Mater management has failed to pass on money intended for pay increases for nurses and midwives.
Union secretary Beth Mohle says there’s been no action despite two years of negotiations, and 2300 staff are owed more than $1 million. Some workers are owed up to $6000 each.
“The state’s 32,000 other public health nurses and midwives all received the increases,” Ms Mohle said in a statement on Wednesday.
She said staff were sick of waiting and had voted to take action to force managers to hand over the money.
Possible action includes stop-work meetings and bans on some administrative duties, but Ms Mohle says staff won’t do anything that will compromise patient care.
“It’s very unusual for nurses and midwives to take this sort of action but it’s a measure of how frustrated and angry our members at the Mater are about how they’ve been treated,” she said.
Industrial action won’t start until next week at the earliest.
AAP has sought comment from the hospital.