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