As you are aware, due to the effects of COVID-19 on Kingborough Council’s financial position, Council determined to apply a wage freeze to all employees for this financial year.
The Enterprise bargaining meetings have continued with a focus on non-monetary claims and issues, such as such as the 10 hr break, flexible work arrangements etc in an attempt to have these resolved prior to full bargaining resuming in 2021.
During these meetings, we did however request Council to consider providing:
- 3 days paid leave over the Christmas period (or to be used sometime within the year)
- a commitment to continue paying Superannuation at 3% above the Superannuation Contribution Guarantee
- a one-off bonus in recognition of employees continuing working for the community during the height of the pandemic.
Council did not agree to any of these. The ASU even requested just one day’s paid leave over Christmas as a thank you (City of Hobart has recently provided this). This was also rejected by Council.
Disappointingly, some Councillors at Kingborough Council have accepted a 2.4% pay increase while continuing to expect Kingborough Council employees accept a PAY FREEZE!
This, combined with recent increases to public sector wages, makes a strong case for Council to lift the unilateral wage freeze on workers.
Acting Premier Jeremey Rockliff speaking on public sector union won wage increases said:
“We know the Budget and the economy have taken a hit from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, we also recognise the importance of continued local economic stimulus, and any wage increase assists broader spending and confidence in our economy.”
This mirrors what ASU members have been saying. Freezing wages hurts workers and the communities in which they live, work and spend!
Please feel free to pass this message to non-member colleagues and encourage them to join us for fair pay and conditions: https://www.asu.asn.au/asujoin
For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser Karen Tantari | 0472 512 484 | email@example.com