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Local Government workers revolting

By johnboy 21 April 2010 18

The Canberra Times brings word of a breakdown in negotiations between the ACT’s public sector employees and the Stanhope Government.

A 4.75% raise over two years is apparently not enough and they’re off to Fair Work Australia.

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Ceej1973 4:35 am 22 Apr 10

Thats not news. Thats same shit, different bargaining period!

bd84 11:10 pm 21 Apr 10

Katy has the idea that everyone should pay for her lack of ability to manage a budget of a small Territory. The ACT Government is already a revolving door for the Commonwealth Government with pay and conditions far less than what can be offered there. I believe there is actually a requirement for the employer to actually “negotiate” in collective agreement negotiations, which the government are not doing. I wouldn’t be surpised if Fairwork planted a boot up her butt.

Ian 10:04 pm 21 Apr 10

AndyC said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

4.75% over two years is appalingly low. I can’t understand why people who can go to the APS stay in ACT Government. The pay rates are already uncompetitive and this will see them sink further behind. For the recored I don’t work in either jurisdiction.

You have hit the nail on the head here. And this is what might cause the Stanhope Government some problems. When key staff leave, and they can not hire staff going forwards due to the poor conditions, pay, etc. what will they do?

Screw more things up than now.

Gerry-Built 7:16 pm 21 Apr 10

The whole negotiation process might go a lot easier for all concerned if they could simply hooked in on the same deal the ACT pollies got themselves – CPI + whatever the independent tribunal considers fair and reasonable.

georgesgenitals 6:28 pm 21 Apr 10

I didn’t think local govco was hiring at the moment anyway.

AndyC 6:04 pm 21 Apr 10

colourful sydney racing identity said :

4.75% over two years is appalingly low. I can’t understand why people who can go to the APS stay in ACT Government. The pay rates are already uncompetitive and this will see them sink further behind. For the recored I don’t work in either jurisdiction.

You have hit the nail on the head here. And this is what might cause the Stanhope Government some problems. When key staff leave, and they can not hire staff going forwards due to the poor conditions, pay, etc. what will they do?

sloppery 2:07 pm 21 Apr 10

grundy said :

0% over the last 2 years since HP bought out our company…
I would have preferred the 4.75%…

Hopefully you’ll still have a job going forward…

JessP 12:08 pm 21 Apr 10

Here here!

Danman 12:03 pm 21 Apr 10

ThatGuy said :

You have every opportunity to get a better job, so neither do you.

And it so happens I begin that job on Tuesday. Thanks for the advice though

Thumper 11:51 am 21 Apr 10

Indeed, I’ve seen some of them, they are revolting…

Wraith 11:46 am 21 Apr 10

ThatGuy said :

You have every opportunity to get a better job, so neither do you.

Really? But they are not entitled to improve their pay scale in their current role, particularly if they are actually in a job they enjoy? I’m curious…

There is merit in the theory of paying peanuts. Perhaps if better conditions were on offer, there might be a better class of Monkey in the ACT Public Service?

This is going to open a can of works now isn’t it……..

p1 11:44 am 21 Apr 10

Local Government workers revolting

Is it the smell, or the way they talk? Some of them seem quite nice, not revolting at all.

grundy 11:40 am 21 Apr 10

0% over the last 2 years since HP bought out our company…
I would have preferred the 4.75%…

sloppery 11:14 am 21 Apr 10

4.75% doesn’t seem unreasonable to me (and no, I’m not a pube and never have been).

4.75% over two years is appalingly low. I can’t understand why people who can go to the APS stay in ACT Government. The pay rates are already uncompetitive and this will see them sink further behind. For the recored I don’t work in either jurisdiction.

Scratch2k 10:57 am 21 Apr 10

That makes my 0% over 5 years look pretty good…oh wait.

ThatGuy 10:18 am 21 Apr 10

You have every opportunity to get a better job, so neither do you.

Danman 9:49 am 21 Apr 10

My agency initially offered 0% over 2 years… They have nothing to complain about…

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