Remarkable news in the Mercury (17 June 2021) from Glenorchy City Council Acting Mayor Bec Thomas,
“..we’re now aiming to be back in surplus by the 2025-26 financial year – five years
earlier than we originally predicted.”

Council’s General Manager, Tony McMullen, wrote to you in February 2021 outlining a predicted 10-year return to surplus. At that time, Mr McMullen said,
“Should we find ourselves to be in a much stronger place than anticipated, then we will reassess the recommended position on salary increments.”

We are pleased to see an improved budget position. There is no reason why your annual wage increase for the next 4 years can’t be reviewed.

Will the Glenorchy General Manager stay true to his word? Please take the time to sign and circulate this petition.

With a budget turnaround, and this week’s Fair Work decision to increase the minimum wage by 2.5%, the evidence is mounting.

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor, Philip Lowe, speaking before the June Australian Bureau of Statistics release of the jobs figures, said he “expected the consumer price index to spike to about 3.5% in the June quarter due to the unwinding of some pandemic-related price reductions.”

Council can come good and commit to an improved annual administrative increase and reintroduce the Consumer Price Index (CPI) safety net. This ensures that if CPI is higher than the fixed percentage wage rise workers’ aren’t left battling to make ends meet.

Will those on Council and running for election pledge their support for workers? We’re waiting on the announcement of Council nominations and will invite nominees to sign the petition and the unions’ pledge. With many of you also voting in these elections, we will be sure to report back and let you know who you can rely on.

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

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