Your TWU bargaining committee has been meeting with SBRC to try to reach agreement on Your Fair Wages and Conditions Claims.
Whilst reasonable ground has been made and we are not far off having an offer to present to workers, there are serious concerns about a matter Council has refused to move on.
This one major sticking point – withdrawing their claim to remove Arbitration as a right on “All” matters from the agreement is stopping the process from progressing.
This long standing agreement right has provided workers job security and other protections for many years, via arbitration in the Qld Industrial Relations Commission if it was necessary.
All Unions in the negotiations are united on this matter – your and your mates job security (and other employment matters) need to be protected – and the existing right to Arbitration on all employment matters needs to be put back in the new agreement!
Whilst this is a major sticking point, we are a lot closer to an offer to present to you on wage increases and agreement length for review as follows;
(a) A “one off payment” of $850 (taxed accordingly and not subject to superannuation) be paid to full-time employees (pro-rata for Part-time and Casuals) who are employed by Council as at the date of the vote on the Agreement. This payment will be made on the 1st pay period following certification of the Agreement;
(b) 2.5% wage increase backdated to the 1st full pay period in January 2020 to be paid on the 1st pay period following certification of the Agreement;
(c) 2.5% wage increase effective on the 1st full pay period in January 2021; and
(d) 2.5% wage increase effective on the 1st full pay period in January 2022.
Dispute Resolution –
Council is not willing (as yet) to concede the removal of their claim and to reinstate Arbitration as a complete right to workers in the agreement, as it has been previously.
As stated above, this is a major sticking point for all Unions as it has protected workers jobs in the past and should never be given up!
We’ll update members as more news come to light.