Government system defaults on health workers Easter pay

1 Apr 2010 10:47 AMJann Stuckey

1 April 2010

Gold Coast-based Queensland Health workers face a bleak Easter with no money after the Bligh Government’s crisis-ridden computerised payroll system defaulted on their pay.

LNP Shadow Minister for Information & Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said it was unacceptable for the Bligh Government to again default on transferring regular pays to public servants.

“It’s not the first time this Government’s payroll bungles have caused unnecessary angst for workers – both Treasury and Queensland Police staff have also experienced system failures,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This is a serious issue which has left thousands of Queensland Health staff unable to pay bills and facing Easter with empty wallets.

“Adding to staff woes is news this Government cannot guarantee the next pay run will be glitch-free.”

Ms Stuckey said the Bligh Government has been promising its new computerised payroll system for years.

“Each time the scheduled delivery date for the new payroll system has approached, the Government has offered up more excuses and pushed back the ‘go live’ date,” she said.

“About $180 million in taxpayers’ money had been poured into this project to date with no guarantees it will work as it is supposed to.

“We rely heavily on our frontline hospital staff over periods like Easter.

“It’s a disgrace so many are having to beg and borrow money to get through until the next pay which may also be delayed.

“This latest debacle highlights this Government’s incompetence and inability to manage payroll systems for its staff.”

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