Public Sector Union Wages Agreement update
The Government has taken the extraordinary step of writing to people working in the public sector with a ‘take it or leave it’ position on the Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement (PSUWA).
This is a surprising, and very disappointing, move given that negotiations have only just begun. Treasurer Gutwein announced the offer in Parliamentary Question Time, showing a lack of respect for a fair process.
The Government is asking all DoE support staff (employed under the PSUWA) to accept a 2% wages increase for 3 years and a change to Family Violence Leave.
The Government has given employees until November 30 to respond to this ultimatum. If DoE support staff want other issues in the claim, then negotiations can continue but an increase to wages in December won’t be paid and there will be no backdating of the wage increase.
This action by government is extremely disappointing.
Public Sector Unions will be holding member information sessions across the state in the week beginning 24 October. Further details of these meetings will be circulated shortly.
A short teleconference of AEU Support Staff reps will be held on Friday 14 October from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.