Done and dusted at Barcaldine Regional Council!
Union Members at Barcaldine Regional Council have delivered pay increases and industry-leading improvements in conditions through your new Certified Agreement (CA). It has been a long time coming, but today we have finally registered the CA with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission and it’s a great result!
Initial wage increases matched the State Wage Case of 4.6% (backdated to July 2022), with further increases to allowances now in effect. Wage increases from now on will be equal to 2.5% each year, or State Wage Case, whichever is higher.
Importantly, we have also set a new benchmark for Stream A work in local government. The minimum entry level will now be set at Level 2.1, with further up-front increases in wage rates for key increments across the Stream A wage scale. This outcome recognises the importance and value of Stream A work – something we should all be proud to acknowledge!
Other improvements in the three-year CA include:
$250 sign on bonus on a successful ballot
Up front increases in wage rates for key increment levels to recognise your years of service (the wage increases above will then apply to these new rates)
Guaranteed minimum entry level of 2.1 ensuring workers are not left at level 1 in future
Additional paid bereavement leave for travel beyond the region up to 2 days
Improved redundancy protections
Protection for emergency services volunteers to ensure you are not left worse off when doing call-outs at any time (you will receive the same earnings – Council will top up the difference if needed)
Revised funeral allowance structure recognising the work required
Ability to access leave at half pay
Living away from home allowance of $60 per day when working
There Is Still More To Do
You’ve continued to deliver vital community services during unprecedented disruptions, and The Services Union has been by your side to ensure your new CA recognises this.
Now that we’ve certified your new Agreement, we can start work on implementing its improvements and addressing issues such as under-classification, workloads, and staff shortages.
We get the best results with a strong Union so encourage your colleagues to join. It’s quick, easy and confidential at: www.theservicesunion.com.au/member-information/join/join-now