Workers at Lismore Base Hospital are set to stage a lunchtime protest today (October 10) over allegations of bullying and hospital management’s failure to adequately investigate staff complaints.
Health Services Union (HSU) NSW Secretary Gerard Hayes said the protest meeting had been called after a hospital worker was suspended on full pay on the same day she lodged a complaint of bullying against a manager.
‘This worker raised concerns that she was being victimised in the workplace and was told that no action could be taken unless she put made an official complaint in writing,’ he said.
‘She complied with that instruction, but on the day her complaint was lodged the worker was issued with a notice to say she had been suspended on full pay.
‘What’s more, she was told that she going to be the subject of an investigation into her work performance – and could lose her job.
‘This is an outrageous breach of process, and of decency, by hospital management, and workers are justifiably angry,’ he said.
75 per cent lack confidence
Mr Hayes added that the state government’s own People Matters survey found that just 25 per cent of workers in the Northern NSW Local Health District said they had confidence in the way management resolve grievances.
‘Bullying should have no place in any workplace, and certainly not in our local hospitals. It is no surprise that workers have no confidence in management’s ability to handle complaints when people who raise issues of bullying are treated so badly,’ he said.