But what about pay?
The Government has imposed a wage cap on employees of 2% across the sector despite receiving 3.5% themselves in September after pocketing 2.92% on 1st July.
A 2% 'pay rise' is effectively a cut when compared to rising costs of living. The double standard is obvious.
CPSU has claimed in summary for all VPS workers
- 3.5% per annum
- Additional week of annual leave
- Increase superannuation contribution to 12%
- Audit use of fixed term and casual employment and convert to ongoing
- Remove overtime calculation and eligibility caps
- New night shift rate
- Extend paid leave to casual employees
- New regional mobility mechanism with allowance for regional or rural location 'hard to fill' jobs
- Review qualifications related to salary minimums, progression outcomes in line with Gender Pay Equity principles
- New clause on Gendered Violence
- New Jobs and Skills Exchange
Discussions have been sought with Government by all public sector unions to raise the cap arising from the recent decision to award state MPs a 3.5% increase.
CPSU Branch Secretary Karen Batt has reiterated our rejection of a 2% pay rise.
We need all members to be united and ready to fight for what they deserve.