General News Politics — 25 June 2012

MENTAL health workers have voted to begin a series of rolling eight-hour  strikes from next month in their bid for improved pay and conditions.

Mental health nurses and clinicians will walk out of a major hospital each  day on a rotating basis from July 5 after failing to strike an enterprise  agreement with the state government during 10 months of negotiations. Health and  Community Services Union state secretary Lloyd Williams said 350 members voted  to escalate bans at a meeting at Trades Hall  last week, having previously  implemented non-clinical bans and shorter walkouts.

Mental health workers are seeking an 18 per cent pay rise – 6 per cent  annually over three years – in contrast to the government’s public sector policy  of 2.5 per cent a year.

The development came as the state government announced it was providing 11  Victorian hospitals with funding to remove hanging points in psychiatric  wards.

As first appeared in The Age, 25 June 2012

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