DCT - All that glimmers is not gold

Posted on
September 15, 2022
Public Sector

The devil is the detail.

No doubt you’ve been following the news about the $2000 offer the government has made to workers across the THS.
It would be fair to say that on the face of it, being offered $2000 of free money by your employer is a good thing. And it is – sort of. But the devil tends to be in the detail.
It appears that other unions are running towards accepting an offer without understanding all the details involved. One union, whose members will all receive the bonus, seems to be more or less unconcerned about the rest of the workforce amidst the continued uncertainty as to who’s eligible for the payment. Others who don’t have much skin in the game seem a little too eager to accept it without detail as well.
HACSU is not quite so keen to jump at the offer without knowing who’ll get it and who won’t. No doubt because of this, others might blame us for any delay. You know we will never sign off on an offer where the detail is unclear or the long-term implications of signing it off are not well understood – particularly when we are still in the midst of a global pandemic.
Last Friday, the government notified us that they will be formally withdrawing from the COVID-19 Escalation Allowance Agreement. They are doing this before we have even finalised the $2000 recognition payment. In essence what this means is:

  1. You and your union are being put under duress to agree to the $2000 recognition payment because the employer has made application to terminate the Escalation Allowance Agreement.
  2. There will be no payment in the future for anything extra you might be required to do should there be future outbreaks and service wide escalations.
  3. The timeframes the government has imposed on you and your union to sign up to the $2000 offer are unreasonable.

We met with government last week and asked them a series of questions about the offer. Whilst some were answered, many were not. This morning we asked those questions again and we're waiting for a response.

We can’t believe the government and their senior bureaucrats have made such a hash of all of this. Seriously, we’ve never seen a government make such a mess of giving away money! We're not saying we won’t agree to any offer, but there are still serious questions that need to be answered before we go ahead, and we're unsure why other unions aren’t more concerned.

If you have questions or if you’d like further information, please contact HACSU on 1300 880 032 or assist@hacsu.org.au

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsu.org.au or complete our online contact form

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