Weasel words for health staff but still no pay

1 Oct 2010 9:02 AMJann Stuckey

1 October 2010

Queensland Health staff deserved an apology for their pay fiasco but instead received meaningless bureaucratic weasel words, the LNP said today.

Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said the 2009-10 Public Works Annual Report offered little comfort for Queensland Health staff who were still not being paid on time, in full or at all.

“Queensland Health staff who have endured months of uncertainty might have expected some contrition or even an apology from the department which has been complicit in this fiasco,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Instead page 46 of this report untruthfully lists this Highlight – CorpTech delivered payroll services for approximately 220,000 public servants each fortnight (including casual, temporary and part-time employees.)

“The Performance Review on the following page though tells a different story by admitting there were ‘significant payroll issues’ which resulted in a scathing report from the Auditor-General on 29 June 2010.

“Where is the responsibility for the Work Department’s self-proclaimed function to ‘provide high-quality, cost-effective business solutions including finance, human resources and other corporate information systems’?

“This report on Public Works agency, CorpTech is little more than a hospital pass to Queensland Health to shift the blame away from Minister Schwarten’s total incompetence in his handling of this issue.”

Ms Stuckey said the Public Works annual report failed to detail what additional costs had been incurred by CorpTech’s abysmal failure to implement the health payroll.

“While the minister gloats about his department’s achievements this past 12 months, some nurses and other Queensland health workers are still waiting to get paid,” said Ms Stuckey

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919