Thank you to the Queensland Nurses’ Union for this letter of support:
On behalf of the more than 50,000 nurses and midwives who are members of the Queensland Nurses’ Union, I would like to express our solidarity with you in your current battle with Queensland Health over unfair individual contracts for Senior Medical Officers. In recent weeks our members and officials have shown our support in practical terms by attending the protest meetings you have organised around the state. Our members know only too well that if the Newman government succeeds in bringing in these draconian individual contracts for you similar contracts will be imposed upon senior nurses and midwives employed in Queensland Health.
Over the last 18 months the QNU has been campaigning in workplaces and the community against the Newman’ government’s job and service cuts in Queensland Health. In excess of 1,200 full time equivalent nursing and midwifery positions and thousands of other clinical and non-clinical positions have been cut in Queensland Health. Most of the nursing and midwifery positions that have been cut were from front line clinical areas. This is having a significant detrimental impact on the provision of high quality nursing and midwifery services across the state. We share your concerns about the further detrimental impacts of the proposed contracts on the provision of high quality health care.
Accordingly, the QNU is keen to work with you on campaigns of joint interest, not only on issues of an industrial nature but also those opposing job and service cuts and the privatisation of public health services. Working together across discipline boundaries we can achieve so much more to protect and improve patient centres high quality care for the Queensland community.
We wish you all the best for your important deliberations tonight. If you continue to work collectively and maintain solidarity we are confident you will prevail.
Beth Mohle, Secretary Queensland Nurses’ Union