The ASU has recently been notified that the City of Melbourne has introduced the Schedule A Remuneration Policy. It was very disappointing to learn of this after the fact, and without final consultation taking place.
The ASU has participated in consultation over the last months, including making written submissions and participating in Staff Consultative Committees to advocate for members’ interests.
We have raised concerns and confidence about the current GPA rating system, the lack of transparency and potential for the new system to exacerbate the gender pay gap and other workers with less bargaining power and many other issues raised by members. We have sought to genuinely and constructively engage to improve the policy, despite holding fundamental concerns about a two-tiered pay system in which Schedule AA employees receive an incremental annual pay increase, where Schedule A employees miss out.
Disappointingly, the final policy addresses none of these concerns. The Council has ignored workers’ feedback and has architected a policy that we believe is unworkable and inequitable. We are particularly concerned about the impact of this policy on the gender pay gap and retention of women at the City of Melbourne.
Over the coming weeks, the ASU will be taking further action in response to this policy. Stay tuned for more information.
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For further information please contact: Your ASU Delegate or
ASU Organiser Zoe Edwards | 0474 333 463