Bathurst Hospital 24 hour strike called off by staff

Update 1pm

AROUND 150 Health Services Union (HSU) members at Bathurst Hospital have returned to work following a four-hour strike.

The catering, security and cleaning staff, along with allied health professionals walked out of the hospital at 9am on Wednesday following long-held claims of alleged “bullying, harassment and intimidation”.

HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes led the strike, but said following extensive negotiations with the Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) staff have now returned to work.

He said the LHD have accepted many of the HSU’s demands to address issues.

More to come.

Earlier

BATHURST Hospital management have until 11am this morning to make a deal with Health Services Union (HSU) staff members in order to put a stop to a threatened 24-hour strike.

Around 150 HSU staff members walked off the job at 9am on Wednesday over claims of alleged “bullying, harassment and intimidation”.

The snap strike involved around 150 catering, security and cleaning staff, as well as allied health professionals such as physical therapists.

They met in the hospital’s forecourt with flags, banners and signs and marched to the intersection of Mitre and Peel streets.

HSU NSW secretary Gerard Hayes led the march and said it was vital management listen to the concerns of staff.

He demanded management “come out here and talk to me in front of you guys” he told the staff.

“They’ve got two hours [by 11am] to get their arses out here to talk to us to talk to you openly to standby with what their commitments are and then lets deal with this openly in front of everybody, not sitting in behind closed doors,” Mr Hayes demanded.

“After two hours then we will take another resolution. Do we want to go off for 24 hours today.”

His demands were met with a resounding “yes” from staff in attendance.

More to come.