Job walk-off at hospital

Union organiser Fran Hebden and Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk address hospital staff. d423733
Union organiser Fran Hebden and Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk address hospital staff. d423733

They joined hundreds of others from Shenton Park Rehabilitation Campus and Royal Perth, Sir Charles Gardiner and Kaleeya hospitals wanting answers about their future.

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk, who attended the walk-off, said it was job security, not pay or conditions, that worried local workers.

‘Three months out from the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital and not one of the support staff know whether they will have a job, and if they do, where it will be,’ she said.

‘These people, orderlies, cleaners, enrolled nurses and kitchen staff, do incredibly important work in our hospitals and deserve to be treated with respect.’

United Voice WA secretary Carolyn Smith agreed.

‘The opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital means the shutdown of over 400 public hospital beds and that means jobs will go,’ she said.

‘Support staff have been told nothing, it’s a disgrace.’

South Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Frank Daly said health services were changing with the opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital.

‘With the redistribution of clinical activity, the change in services delivered and the reduction in the size of Royal Perth and Fremantle hospitals, a change in staffing profiles (clinical and non-clinical) is required,’ he said.

‘Royal Perth and Fremantle hospitals have commenced allocating permanent non-clinical and clinical staff to positions in the new profiles.

‘Given the number of staff involved with the process, the allocation and notification of all staff is being undertaken progressively.’