Health strikers go back

A UNION organiser claims more than 60 Queensland Health medical professionals across Ipswich walked off the job in yesterday's strike action.

Allied health professionals including physiotherapists, dental staff, audiologists and others walked off the job in protest at protracted pay negotiations with the State Government.

A striking Ipswich Hospital worker, who did not want to be named, said workers had already copped enough with the health payroll debacle and were striking only as a last resort.

“It's not a decision we've taken lightly. It's not for our own benefit, it's for the community, to make sure they have the best possible outcomes as well,” she said.

She said there were concerns that if they were not offered a reasonable pay increase, Queensland Health would find it difficult to attract and retain health professionals.

The strike involved Queensland Public Sector Union and Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union members.

They will return to work today.

Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the Government's offer of a 2.5 per cent pay rise over each of the next three years was generous.



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