Regional hospital staff could walk off job over stalemate

QUEENSLAND health professionals at a number of regional hospitals could walk-off the job next month over a stalemate in pay negotiations with the State Government.

The United Voice union has lodged an application with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission seeking permission to ballot members over further cuts to conditions and allowances which they claim will put patients at risk.

If the commission approves the application health professionals will vote to decide whether to take strike action.

Health professionals at Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Charleville, Roma, Moranbah and Dalby hospitals have flagged their intention to take part in the strike planned for the second last week of November.

United Voice delegate Rebecca Griffin said on Wednesday (Oct 23) she expected the commission to hand down its decision on Thursday. (Oct 24)

"We have grave concerns for the outlook of health professionals," Ms Griffin said.

"Everyone is pretty upset and angry about the whole situation.

"We have not taken the decision to do this lightly. We have taken this course of action because we stand to lose a lot," she said.

The union said the State Government offer of a 1.5 per cent pay rise for the first year, and 2.2 per cent each year for the following two years was embarrassing.

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