Union presses Cassowary Coast on undercooked offer

The Services Union was standing firmly by your side yesterday when we met with Cassowary Coast Regional Council to progress Certified Agreement (CA) negotiations.

The Council’s strategy seemed to be simply to regale us with tales of woe about its financial position in an attempt to convince you to accept an undercooked pay offer of 3.2% per year for two years. This prompted our Union to ask the Council why it has frozen rates for this year if its financial situation is so dire? We put it to the Council in crystal-clear terms that our members will not subsidise political decisions that fly in the face of sound fiscal management

You and your fellow members rightly expect a pay increase that keeps pace with the cost of living.  This would also improve the Council’s ability to attract and retain younger staff, thereby consolidating and growing its rates base.

The Council has agreed to provide a revised offer on Wednesday 7 December. Meanwhile, please contact either your Workplace Delegate Jason Hemingway (Rankin St. Administration Building) or your organiser Glenn Desmond if you have any questions. To all the new members who have recently joined us in pursuit of a better outcome, we extend a warm welcome. If you work with someone who is not yet a member and wants a better deal, let them know that joining is easy online.

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