The Transport Workers’ Union has rejected the Brisbane City Council’s EBA proposal to strip workers of their conditions and offer to increase wages below the current Consumer Price Index.
TWU State Secretary Peter Biagini said the decision by the Council was hypocritical and one that will leave workers far worse off.
“This Brisbane City Council are focused on stripping workers of their rights and conditions,” Mr Biagini said.
“Brisbane City Council is the largest local council in Australia, and yet they cry poor.”
“We’ve got some members who are facing up to seven per cent increase in rates, and are being offered two per cent.”
“They are trying to push their own workers’ out of their council boundaries by increasing the cost-of-living without paying fair.”
“The reality is BCC are pushing up rates, offering below CPI increases and stripping workers’ of their current rights and conditions.”
“Sadly, add the affect of the Newman Government’s rise in cost-of-living and no Brisbane City Council worker will be able to afford to live within the council’s boundaries.”
“The working conditions are the most important aspect of this EBA,” Mr Biagini said.
“If the Council left the conditions as they were and pay the current CPI without stipulation, we’ll happily take it to our members.”
Negotiations will continue between the BCC and trade unions after today’s meeting to ensure members are not worse off.
Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910