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Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

Independent Umpire Dismisses Union’s Appeal

Victor P Taffa

The WA Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) has dismissed an appeal by the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) to stop WA Health’s contract negotiations with Serco.

Acting Premier and Health Minister Kim Hames said he was pleased with the decision of the full bench of the WAIRC.

The WAIRC found that Health’s industrial agreement with the union was no impediment to the Department of Health continuing with plans to contract out services at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Midland Health Campus.

“This decision clears the way for the department to continue to negotiate with Serco for the provision of non-clinical, facilities management and support services at Fiona Stanley Hospital.” Dr. Hames said.

“I would strongly encourage the union to respect the decision of the independent umpire.”

“In recognition of this decision, we would expect the union to cease its industrial action immediately.” Dr. Hames said.

The Minister said there were no plans to contract out any services at existing Western Australian public hospitals and, as a result, no existing permanent employee was at risk of losing their job.

“We have an obligation to ensure health services are high quality, safe and cost effective.”

“When considering the involvement of the private sector in any service provided in the public health system, WA Health follows a careful path to ensure services meet high safety and quality standards and that they are cost effective.” Dr. Hames said.

The Trade Union Movement should remember that Editor Victor P Taffa stood in single opposition at the attempts by the New South Wales Labor Government to destroy the RailCorp Network and sack all Train Drivers and Guards.

Current New South Wales Labor Minister for Transport John Robertson stood silently as Train Drivers and Guards faced the SACK by the Labor Government. Mr. Robertson at the time was Secretary of the Labor Council. Victor P Taffa first joined the New South Wales Liberal Party in 1982 and the New South Wales National Party in 2009. Currently Victor P Taffa is not a member of any party although he would not join the Labor Party.

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