The ASU Negotiating Team met with CoM management today for the long-anticipated meeting to discuss a new wage offer.

In May, ASU members endorsed a motion calling on management to put a wage offer that provides a fair pay increase, with back pay. ASU members voted to initiate protected industrial action if this is not achieved.

The management wage offer is:

  • A prospective wage offer of 1% in 2021, 1.5% in 2022, 2% in 2023 and 2% in 2024.
  • A 2.5% increase for Schedule A employees with a salary below the midpoint (with revised salary to not exceed the midpoint) on 1 July 2021.
  • No back pay for the years passed without a pay increase.
  • Improved parental and volunteer leave.

ASU delegates have rejected this offer, as it does not provide a fair pay increase, with back pay.

The ASU has outlined three principles for consideration in future bargaining.

The agreement must:

  • Include back pay to compensate workers for the three years without a pay rise and provide a fair pay rise for 2021.
  • Include the conditions improvements agreed to in March 2020.
  • Cover the period 2019 to 2022.

CoM has indicated they would like to meet again. The ASU Negotiating Team is still optimistic agreement can be reached, despite the sub-standard offer put today.

While we are mindful of the financial challenges facing CoM, the March Quarterly Financial Statement reveals there is $8.7 million still available to be spent in this year’s budget.

You can find this here. This shows there are sufficient funds to provide back pay to CoM workers.

For further information please contact: your ASU Delegate or
ASU Organiser Zoe Edwards |

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