From this Friday you will be asked to vote on your enterprise agreement.
Council is offering the following pay rises that are:
- Last year – 1.6% which is 80% of last year’s rate cap
- This year – 1.5% which is this year’s rate cap
- Next year – 1.4% or 80% of the rate cap which ever is the greater.
Every year since the rate cap has come in, the Minister has set the rate cap at CPI. CPI is supposed to reflect increases to the cost of living.
So in effect Council are offering you a pay increase over 3 years that is less than the cost of living.
We all know that CPI does not really reflect the real cost of living increases and that your cost of living is increasing far more than CPI or the rate cap. Everyday bills such as electricity, water, groceries and insurance are increasing much faster than your pay packet; and housing prices and rent are through the roof.
You deserve your pay to at least keep pace with real increases to your everyday cost of living like the 2.5% increase to the minimum wage handed down by the Fair Work Commission last week.
In addition, your Council is projecting a surplus of around $25 million in the next budget. They have the money to give you a better deal, they just don’t want to!
It is critical to talk to other staff in your area about why it is important that they vote NO. We can’t begin to try to turn this around without at least 50% of votes against the offer.
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