Health pay still being taken away

28 May 2010 9:49 AMJann Stuckey

28 May 2010

While Queensland health was still unable to properly pay employees their due entitlements, it could manage to deduct suspected ‘overpayments’, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works Jann Stuckey said revelations Queensland Health was making automatic, illegal deductions from employees’ bank accounts to recover suspected overpayments was yet another sign of the dysfunctional payroll systems that plague the Queensland Government.

“While the health pay fiasco stumbles from one disaster to another, it has now been revealed that there is a whole-of-government issue with the Health Director-General claiming all Queensland Public Service payroll systems regularly deduct suspected overpayments,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This is in breach of Bligh and Labor’s own Industrial Relations Act.

“As the minister responsible for whole-of-government ICT, Robert Schwarten has presided over a payroll system which has fast gained a reputation for being an abject failure and waste of taxpayers’ money.

Ms Stuckey said the time had come for Premier Bligh to show some leadership and remove an incompetent minister who is clearly out of touch with his portfolio.

“In recent months Queensland public servants have had to endure a litany of errors with their pay,” she said.

“In January 14,000 Queensland Police employees went unpaid, in April it was reported around 1000 QBuild employees had been short-changed overtime and allowances, and now it appears it could be 12-18 months before the Health pay disaster is fixed.

“For Queensland’s 170,000 public servants it is like a form of Russian roulette, never knowing if their pay-packets will be loaded or empty.

“Between 2004-08 alone, Bligh and Labor wasted over $400 million trying to deliver a new whole of Government payroll system with no delivery date and no solution.

“Robert Schwarten has failed Queensland public servants and it’s past time when Anna Bligh should give him a fail for his performance as minister”

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