As a union delegate, I've always fought hard against the logic of a system that prioritises profits over  people, a system that sees the lives of workers as a cost to minimise. 

Hi, I'm Sergio, the Victorian Socialists candidate for Kalkallo.

I've been in healthcare all my working life and a union delegate in the public hospital sector for over 10 years. 

In the three years since the pandemic began, healthcare workers like myself have been called heroes by politicians – the same ones who’ve been underfunding public health for decades. These are the politicians who cap our pay at a miserly 1.5% – less than a third of the rate of inflation. Now, as exhausted healthcare workers cope with severe staffing shortages and waiting list blowouts, their words ring all the more hollow.

In public health we're always told that there’s no money, that we have to cut costs, downgrade and downskill jobs – even in the middle of a health crisis. Meanwhile, the billionaires in this country have doubled their wealth. As the rich get richer, essential services that have so far escaped privatisation are slowly starved of funds.

As a union delegate, I've always fought hard against the logic of a system that prioritises profits over  people, a system that sees the lives of workers as a cost to minimise. 

I'm running for Victorian Socialists because we need people in parliament who will call out the lies of the politicians when they tell us that we can't afford better health and education, or that we can’t lower the cost of energy and other essentials. We need committed activists like myself who will always take the side of working class people over the profits of big business in Victoria.