ASU members are determined to get a fair deal in their enterprise agreement negotiations at Kingborough Council.
Kingborough Council, with wages already lower than surrounding councils, is offering a pay rise that doesn’t even keep up with the cost of living in Hobart, which has increased by 5.8% in the last 12 months.
Employees at Kingborough Council know they are being asked to take a real pay cut, and they have already rejected council’s previous proposals three times; something that hasn’t happened at a Tasmanian council in recent memory.
Members there were forced to accept a wage freeze whilst Council raised rates, and now Council won’t even offer an increase that keeps up with the cost of living.
To push their demand for a fair pay rise and resolve long-running enterprise agreement negotiations, ASU members are currently voting on taking Protected Industrial Action. Should Council refuse to increase their previously unaccepted offers, employees will take action to ensure they get a fair deal.
They are a shining example of workers unwilling to have a lousy deal pushed on them. Instead, they are standing together and demanding a fair pay rise.