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Guess Who’s Paying for Brisbane’s Blowout and Surplus?

Local Authorities June 17, 2020

Freezing your wages for two years is how the Brisbane City Council intends to pay for its surplus – and for a massive blow-out in the cost of its proposed Metro system.

No-one denies that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on Council. No-one denies that Australia has slipped into recession. But really, who budgets for a surplus during a recession? Even the Prime Minister thinks that now is the time to spend. The Reserve Bank still thinks now is the time for decent pay increases.

Are you getting the sense of who is out of step?

Recent surveys of our members told us that no-one is persuaded that a wage freeze is justified. No other major employer in the whole of the country has gone down this path, so your thinking is in tune with the mainstream.

So now is the time to stand up and be counted. It is one thing to tell The Services Union that you want a payrise and to maintain your job security. To achieve the outcome means that the Brisbane City Council will have to change its mind. You have changed the Council’s mind before, so you know that it can be done. It just won’t happen on its own!

Services Union members deserve a payrise. You need to meet the cost of living. You deserve to be rewarded for your productivity. You deserve to be consulted about wages and to participate in negotiations.

All those who sit back every time we negotiate your EBA and let Union members deliver their payrise need to reflect that doing nothing this time means support for a two-year wage freeze. It’s that simple.

Members can count on us being by your side every step of the way. If you’re not a member, now’s the time to join and contribute to a better outcome for all Council staff, rather than sitting back and copping the bill for Council’s financial mismanagement.  It’s easy at


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