Downplaying yesterday's stop-work meeting called for by workers, the chairman of the Peel Health Campus has said most of its employees were happy with the pay and conditions at the facility.
Notably, as part of an ongoing dispute with the hospital's private contractors over wages, about 50 workers, who are members of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU), held a half-hour meeting. Claiming its members were the lowest paid hospital workers in Western Australia, the union said they had not been given a pay hike since the last 17 months.
LHMU spokesman Michael de Brenni said their demand was the standardisation of pay rates for carers across the country. Workers are currently paid anywhere between you know around $16 to around $19 an hour, he pointing out, adding surviving on that amount was difficult in today's society.
For his part, campus Chairman John Fogarty said the disgruntled group was a minority and that 95% of the staff members had never had a complaint and have never been on strike.
"We've actually never had any industrial disputes outside of this union on the campus. In this particular ward, there are 140 staff members and only the LHMU members are or have considered going out on strike," Fogarty said.
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