Far from inflicting low pay rises on the middle management level, several APS agencies coming up to the end of the certified agreements have plans to give massive rises to EL1s – while telling the rank & file that they can’t have even a 2 per cent pay rise without “efficiency dividends”. This is because of the “issue” of EL1s coming off generous AWAs.
Some agencies are also planning to put their EL1s – already paid $95,000 via the certified agreement – on FLEXTIME. The EL levels have always been employed on the basis that they get the job done, and can have a day off in lieu if they have done a thunking job and tired themselves out a little. On flex, they’ll be able to down tools after 7 hours 21 and chalk up a day off a fortnight on a mere 8 hour day.
Now, why can’t EL1s simply decide whether they’d rather cosy up under the APS umbrella on 15 per cent super, under the CA, or go out and compete in the commercial marketplace if they’d like to earn their AWA-equivalent salary?
Could this be labelled a de facto continuation of AWAs for the self-serving APS only?
Lindsay Tanner – what do you have to say to the populace at large who are losing their jobs, about APS plans for a 10 to 15 per cent pay rise in the next year or two for the large contingent of EL1s in the Service?