You probably heard on the news that the government’s finally made an offer to settle wages claims by our members across the public sector. Click here to read the Premier’s letter of offer.
In essence the offer is for an average wage increase of 2.75% per year for four years. It also provides cash payment for members if we agree to sign up by 1 December. But we’re also required to give ‘in principle’ support for the offer by this Friday - that’s simply impossible.
It also outrageously says unions should throw out several claims you’ve made to achieve that deadline. If they think this approach will win favour with workers they’re seriously out of touch.
There’s nothing in the offer that deals with workload or flexibility, and a 2.75% wage rise doesn’t even address cost of living increases let alone the huge problem of attracting and retaining staff that exists across many occupations. What’s on offer represents a real wage cut for members, but the government thinks it’s being generous - what do you think?
All public sector unions wrote to the Premier today seeking an urgent meeting. He said he’s listened to our concerns, so we want to understand how he thinks this offer addresses them.
It’s time for a real plan to address attracting and retaining staff in our vital services.
It’s time workers were freed from the vice of stagnated wages and a high cost of living.
It’s time for decisions with real heart.
We’ll be out to discuss the offer with you as quickly as we can so stand by for more info about membership meetings in your area.