Industrial action in Tasmania

A third of Southern Cross Care Tasmania’s staff vote in favour of work bans.

Just over a third of Southern Cross Care Tasmania’s 170 nursing staff has voted in favour of industrial action, according to the ABC.

42 Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) members and 19 Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) members agreed to work bans that would not affect patient care.

Southern Cross Care (SCC) offered staff an annual three per cent pay rise last year but the ANF has been seeking a 5 per cent rise for its members.

SCC Tasmania’s CEO Richard Sadek told the ABC the unions need to remember that Southern Cross is a charity organisation and all wage funding comes from the Commonwealth.

Mr Sadek said he would welcome the opportunity to join with the unions to lobby the Federal Government for more aged care funding.

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