Support staff at Kalgoorlie Hospital held a stop work meeting yesterday, lobbying for improved pay and conditions. A group of between 15 and 20 workers, including orderlies, kitchen staff and patient care assistants participated in the meeting, organised by their union United Voice WA.
Attendees, who asked for their names to be withheld, said support staff were being called on to undertake a number of additional duties including pumping up wheelchair tyres and other light maintenance. “We are here to fight for our working conditions; fight for our wages; fight not to have extra work put onto us, extra work that really shouldn’t be our jobs to do,” one worker said.
She said hospital workers could be called on to work up to 14 hours per day during periods of staff shortages.
“People are starting to do double shifts and working on their days off and things like that,” she said.
“If there is no one to cover we can do up to 14 hours in a working day.”