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Serco Sodexho takes the axe to defence contractor’s pay

By johnboy 8 September 2006 25

The Canberra Times has a horror story on the Anglo-French defence giant Serco Sodexho taking over a string of defence logistics contracts around Canberra.

Of course they won the bid by low-balling and as a result they’re asking the staff they’re taking over (because they don’t actually have their own people to do the job) to take a large pay cut for the privilege of being jerked around by a new contractor.

Well done Defence for a particularly badly managed outsourcing!

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JARP 8:14 pm 14 Sep 06
JARP 12:00 pm 13 Sep 06

Well it looks as though Serco-Sodexho are aiming to reduce wage rates for its staff, and their staff are expected to voluntarily sign Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs).

Doesn’t sound like there is any voluntary aspects to this AWA. Serco Sodexho are behaving in a heavy handed and stupid manner, at its transparently so. I agree with Kim Beazley when he says if 50% of staff want a collective agreement, then so be it.

I don’t think Australian diggers would like to know that cleaners are going to suffer pay cuts. And people who have read John Howard’s support of Seco-Sodexho should realise this.

Big Al 8:55 am 11 Sep 06

Ant there’s already a rail line there – has been for a long time (I think that the bridge it uses to cross the Molonglo is heritage listed). I doubt that a spur-line would be warranted for 400-800 staff given that there will be major raod access from both the Kings Hwy and Captains Flat Road.

VYBerlinaV8 8:33 pm 10 Sep 06

HQJOC is definitely go – a number of tenders are already on the street. I was involved in one on Friday.

On another note, if the govt chooses to outsource, then they get to set the rules. If they screw it up, they have noone but themselves to blame.

Maelinar 1:20 am 10 Sep 06

From previous experiences within the ADO, the awarded contractor will find out the real cost beyond tender, and then reapproach Defence for more money, who will give it to them on account of the rife stupidity which is our defence force leadership today.

Watch it happen.

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