Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Work Bans Impact On Hospitals
Victor P Taffa
Health Minister Kim Hames said he was extremely disappointed that the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) were continuing to take industrial action as part of a Political Campaign.
“It is completely unacceptable for the union’s Political Agenda to be negatively impacting on the State’s Hospital Patients.” Dr. Hames said.
“It is extraordinary that the union is taking industrial action while its complaints about contracting out are in the courts and before the WA Industrial Relations Commission.”
“The Department of Health has advised me that they will be seeking an order from the commission for the union to lift its work bans.” Dr. Hames said.
“If the union’s work bans continue, the department will have no other option but to suspend the pay of workers who refuse to undertake duties as directed by their managers.”
“The union is running a campaign against what they are describing as a ‘contracting out’ policy of this Government which is simply untrue.” Dr. Hames said.
“There are no plans to contract out any services at existing Western Australian public hospitals and, as a result, no existing permanent employee is at risk of losing their job.”
“When finished, Fiona Stanley Hospital will be a publicly-owned hospital for public patients, with clinical services provided by the Public Sector.” Dr. Hames said.
“A decision has only been made to negotiate with a preferred bidder for the delivery of non-clinical, facilities management and support services at Fiona Stanley Hospital. These negotiations are ongoing.”
“The State Government’s obligation to WA taxpayers is to ensure health services are of high quality, safe and 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.