Your ASU representatives attended a bargaining meeting on Thursday 28 July.
In the meeting, we advised Surf Coast Management that their offer of 1.75%, 2% and 2% was offensive – described by ASU members as being “a kick in the teeth” and “a slap in the face” – and has shown employees that after all the pain and disruption of the past few years, your Employer does not care.
It is particularly offensive given the financial performance of Surf Coast Shire. According to Annual Reports since 2016, SCS has:
- Banked $104,401,000 in budget surpluses
- Seen revenue increase by 29.2%
- Increased expenditure on Executives by 41.7%
Yet over this same period, wages have increased by just 12.75% (which is in line with the Rate Cap).
Surf Coast Management want to conclude negotiations quickly, and we’re concerned they may force a vote of employees without the agreement of the union.
If they put an Agreement out to a vote, it will be up to all Surf Coast employees to decide:
- Whether the offer reflects your service, dedication and commitment over the past few years; and
- Whether you believe this is the best deal that Surf Coast Shire Council can offer its employees.
Meanwhile, the cost of living continues to soar, and Australia’s financial institutions continue to increase pressure on Australian workers. We’ve never seen real wages fall further or more rapidly than we are currently experiencing. And the situation will get worse before it gets better.
ASU members have expressed loud and clear that we expect a pay rise that will keep up with the cost of living.
There’s never been a more important time for all Surf Coast employees to join the union and ensure we can fight for an increase that is needed and deserved.