Hospital parking: Management need to engage with staff
UPDATE 8.30AM: LISMORE mayor Jenny Dowell has commented over the lack of 'engagement' with staff regarding plans to charge hospital workers for parking at the new multi-storey carpark and on nearby streets near Lismore Base Hospital.
On The Northern Star's Facebook page, Cr Dowell said this:
"Council has been in dialogue with the hospital but we've found it difficult to convince management that they should engage with their staff on this issue more often and earlier," she said.
She also added other information:
"Paid parking is in Dalziell St and Hunter st. Time limited parking (2-3hours) in close by streets," she said.
"Free and unrestricted parking further away. Residents have parking permits.
"Parking availability and costs for staff are a matter for the staff to take up with their employer - the hospital."
THURSDAY 5AM: HUNDREDS of health workers are expected to attend a protest at the main entrance of Lismore Base Hospital today, in response to plans to charge staff for parking at the new multi-storey carpark and on nearby streets.
Health Services Union (HSU) members said they will be forced to pay $7 a day for parking, equating to $70 a fortnight for the average full-time hospital worker.
HSU Lismore organiser Jonathan Milman said couples who both worked at the hospital, but were on different shifts, would be hit hardest.
"These families will be forced to pay $140 a fortnight between them to park near the hospital where they are doing valuable work for the community," he said.
HSU secretary Gerard Hayes said NSW Health and Lismore City Council should be providing safe parking for all staff, "especially those who finish shifts late at night".
He said 700 staff members had applied for park passes in the hospital carpark but only 300 were being offered.
"Hospital workers will be put at risk, walking kilometres to their cars in the dark - but the hospital and Lismore City Council appear not to care. They are simply interested in raising revenue," Mr Hayes said.