Alright for some at Cassowary Coast

Regardless of how much verbal clutter we need to sift through, members of The Services Union know we’re by your side at the bargaining table to get you the pay deal you deserve. Just last week the Council informed us that finances were so tight that it could only offer 4.75% (Year 1) and 3.5% (Year 2) for a two-year rollover of the current Certified Agreement (CA). The Council also told us that any further bargaining claims would mean a reduction of that offer.

However, while the Council apparently can’t afford a pay increase that provides relief from the current cost-of-living pressures, it is happy to splash the cash elsewhere. In the CEO’s Draft Organisational Structure Update of this morning, you will have seen that the Council has no trouble finding money for a consultant to undertake a complete organisational review. The Council is also backing itself to fund several new Director positions in its reviewed structure.

The Council obviously thinks splashing money around is alright for some – but just not for you. Clearly there is plenty of money for organisational reviews and new senior management jobs though not for you and your colleagues who keep the wheels turning.

Encourage a colleague to join our union and add to the strength of our campaign for a decent pay increase. You can also dial into our Zoom meeting at 1pm this Thursday 15 December to discuss our response to the Council’s underwhelming pay offer. All staff are welcome to dial in, and participants should register here  to receive a meeting link.

In the meantime, direct any questions to your Workplace Delegate Jason Hemingway, or Organiser Glenn Desmond.

Above: The ASU is the union fighting for workers at Cassowary Coast Regional Council.