Healthcare employees at three major Sydney hospitals have quit their jobs, accusing the new premier Chris Minns of lying to them about a salary increase to win their support.
The state government’s election promise to eliminate the public sector salary cap is being accelerated in response to demands from the Health Services Union (HSU) and employees.
The largest industrial action occurred at Westmead Hospital and lasted for an hour on Wednesday at noon. Hospitals in Nepean and Blacktown held additional patients.
Patients wouldn’t be harmed by the move, the union guaranteed.
Insisting that the premier’s election promise was for sweeping industrial relations change, including eliminating the pay ceiling, the union is refusing to participate in negotiations for an interim agreement.
In front of lawmakers, opposition leader Mark Speakman questioned Minns about whether he had lied to medical professionals to win the election.
“Even though we have been in power for eight weeks, the opposition keeps asking why we haven’t already fixed our mess.” Minns answered.
It’s anticipated that the strikes will spread throughout the state and develop worse.