Originally published on Polyfeministix
Many Australians will shy away from talking about, discussing and signing petitions that fight for the rights of wages and benefits for our fellow Australians.
Since the Howard era of Work Choices, and individual agreements, and his war on collectivism, we have seen a dramatic decline in union density and the Abbott Government has done its best to stigmatize and de-legitimize the hard work that Unions do in Australia.
This brings about the problem of people from all walks of life, not wanting to get involved in protests and social awareness campaigns about ‘other people’s wages and benefits.’ Many people also do not want to get involved or sign up to a union, which is simply a collective body of workers joining together to fight for wages and conditions.
Now the right-winged thinkers, Australian Liberals and Libertarians will do their best to shame you and ridicule you for fighting for wages and conditions. They will call you a dirty filthy Marxist, a Communist and a radical socialist. They will also tell you it is “unAustralian” and it is unions who have ruined the country. However, people who are not in this group and who have fought for the wages and conditions and stood in solidarity, know that it is far more than that. They know that what we value in Australian working life was fought for by the workers.
What we have now is the Liberals now trying to reap the rewards of their hard earned messages to decimate unions and collective action. In Queensland there is a situation, that is absolutely dire. Every single business owner and manager in the public sector should be fighting for the best talent. The best talent is what makes organisations great. In one area this is absolutely critical is in our Health Sector.
The Conservative arms of Government have spent years and years stigmatizing unions and collectivist fights for better wages and conditions, so they could pull stunts like they are now.
Political greedy stunts that might save a few short term dollars, but have very long term health implications for the every day Australian. For your mum, grandma, granddad, children, babies and loved ones.
The Campbell Newman Queensland Government want to introduce a two tiered wages system, which will see a lower level of wages for entry level health professionals. What this is aimed to do, is to drive the talent towards the Private Sector, where the QLD Government wants to outsource so many areas of public health.
The Campbell Newman’s next agenda (and no doubt Abbott’s) will be to:
Privatise Health, based on the argument that the Public Sector is unsustainable and cannot attract the right talent.
To maintain and attract the best talent in our public sector system, it is essential that all Australian’s stand up to their state Governments and to the Abbott Governments “pressure to sell public assets” to the States and their agenda on privatisation.
To ensure the best in health care is given to all Australians, do NOT let the QLD Government set this precedent, or your state will be next.
Please sign and share this petition, or we will end up with a poorer, ineffective health system. Don’t let the Government use the argument that they cannot attract talent to privatise our health system.
Petition: Stop Building A Two Tier Health System
Stand up and be counted! As Gough would say “It’s Time”