Since the Howard era of Work Choices, and individual agreements, and his war on collectivism, we have seen a dramatic decline in union density and the Abbott Government has done its best to stigmatize and de-legitimize the hard work that Unions do in Australia.
This brings about the problem of people from all walks of life, not wanting to get involved in protests and social awareness campaigns about ‘other people’s wages and benefits.’ Many people also do not want to get involved or sign up to a union, which is simply a collective body of workers joining together to fight for wages and conditions.
Now the right-winged thinkers, Australian Liberals and Libertarians will do their best to shame you and ridicule you for fighting for wages and conditions. They will call you a dirty filthy Marxist, a Communist and a radical socialist. They will also tell you it is “unAustralian” and it is unions who have ruined the country. However, people who are not in this group and who have fought for the wages and conditions and stood in solidarity, know that it is far more than that. They know that what we value in Australian working life was fought for by the workers.
What we have now is the Liberals now trying to reap the rewards of their hard earned messages to decimate unions and collective action. In Queensland there is a situation, that is absolutely dire. Every single business owner and manager in the public sector should be fighting for the best talent. The best talent is what makes organisations great. In one area this is absolutely critical is in our Health Sector.
The Conservative arms of Government have spent years and years stigmatizing unions and collectivist fights for better wages and conditions, so they could pull stunts like they are now.
Political greedy stunts that might save a few short term dollars, but have very long term health implications for the every day Australian. For your mum, grandma, granddad, children, babies and loved ones.
The Campbell Newman Queensland Government want to introduce a two tiered wages system, which will see a lower level of wages for entry level health professionals. What this is aimed to do, is to drive the talent towards the Private Sector, where the QLD Government wants to outsource so many areas of public health.
The Campbell Newman’s next agenda (and no doubt Abbott’s) will be to:
Privatise Health, based on the argument that the Public Sector is unsustainable and cannot attract the right talent.
To maintain and attract the best talent in our public sector system, it is essential that all Australian’s stand up to their state Governments and to the Abbott Governments “pressure to sell public assets” to the States and their agenda on privatisation.
To ensure the best in health care is given to all Australians, do NOT let the QLD Government set this precedent, or your state will be next.
Please sign and share this petition, or we will end up with a poorer, ineffective health system. Don’t let the Government use the argument that they cannot attract talent to privatise our health system.
Stand up and be counted! As Gough would say “It’s Time”
If anyone has ever been critically ill, had an accident, bringing a new life to your family or had to take a loved one to a public hospital, you understand the dire need for a solid and responsive public health system.
These times are trying times and quality care and the resources to provide effective and immediate response is crucial. Outside of the emergency department, there are many departments that link in to provide effective and immediate care. These include, Pathology, X-Ray and Imaging, Renal Unit, Maternity, Ward Staff and Pharmacy to name a few. If these departments are not funded and resourced and held to the tight regulations enforced by the public sector, then profits above health will prevail.
We are already seeing attacks on Medicare with co-payments and a fee to use the emergency department. It seems that the Newman Government and Abbott Government is set on destroying our public health system. It seems that the Liberal and National Coalition and LNP in QLD do not give a damn about the sick, frail, elderly and disabled. I hope the people reading this do.
The Newman Government has been attacking our Public Hospital system, since their first day in office, as can be seen by the many press releases from the QNU
Many regional towns service wide communities, inclusive or surrounding and rural areas. Many regional towns only have one public hospital, like Rockhampton Base Hospital.
What will occur when the only public hospital in the region is privatised? The Newman Government is now on the attack to privatise the Rockhampton Base Hospital. The intellectual capital and dedicated staff could also be lost, as well as decisions not to invest in the latest technology, as they will be after all, profit driven and not health driven. Many will argue that there are many fine Private Hospitals; but these come at a price with revenue feeding in and fee paying patients. The people who rely on a public system, cannot afford to have care curtailed due to a focus on profits, when there is a different revenue stream to a Private Hospital. If cost didn’t affect operations, the public would have had access to the Private System for years at no charge.
Please write to your QLD State and Federal member and have this stopped. Regional areas cannot afford such a move to privatisation. Even if you traditionally vote Liberal or National, if you want to prevent this privatisation, at the next election, please vote for a party that is not LNP, nor one that preferences LNP at the next election. Please talk to volunteers at the voting booth and do your homework. Regional areas cannot afford to lose our Public Hospital system. Please…for the sake of the people who need it, even if you don’t.
I’ll leave you with this news report about the privatisation of Rockhampton Hospital. It must be stopped.