Thanks for attending meetings in your workplace. You told us you want to see improvements to the offer, particularly around superannuation and wages.

You asked for more information on comparative/neighbouring councils’ superannuation rates and the cost of living. Here it is:

Superannuation Contribution Guarantee (SCG)
Council currently pays the SCG Minimum (10%) to employees who are not making a co-contribution to their superannuation.

Council’s current offer is to pay an additional 0.5% over and above the SCG.

The SCG is increasing by 0.5% each year, on 1 July, until 2025 due to legislated increases. With the additional 0.5% on offer from Council each year, an employee would be proposed to receive 10.5% in 2021, 11.5% from 1 July 2022, 12.5% from 1 July 2023).

Council will continue to pay an additional 3.0% where an employee can contribute 6.0% from their gross salary.

Whilst this is attractive to encourage employees to contribute to their super, for many on a low income, contributing the necessary 6.0% is out of reach.

Current rates at neighbouring councils are:
Derwent Valley: 14.0% (will increase with changes to SCG)
Sorell: 14.5%
Glamorgan Spring Bay: 16.0% (will increase with changes to SCG)
Northern Midlands: 12.5%
Central Highlands: 10.5%
Brighton: 13.0% (will increase with changes to SCG)
Clarence: 12.5%
TasWater: 13.0%

Hobart Consumer Price Index (CPI)
CPI figures that reflect increases in the cost of living have just been released for the June 2021 quarter. CPI for the year to June was 3.8% nationally and 3.6% in Hobart. Nationally, it was 3.8%.

The main contributors to the increase in Hobart were fuel (+9.1%), new homes (+2.6%), and rents (+1.6%).

Your ASU bargaining team look forward to tabling your feedback at negotiations and hope to come back to you with an improved offer.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Samantha Batchelor | 0459 228 612 | sbatchelor@asuvictas.com.au

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