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Hinchinbrook Shire Council – When is a rollover not a rollover?

Local Authorities November 20, 2020

The Services Union is fully aware of the efforts you and your colleagues at Hinchinbrook Shire Council have gone to in order to keep delivering vital services to your community throughout the pandemic and beyond. That’s why we understand that you deserve a new Certified Agreement (CA) that recognises your contributions.

We met with the Council on Wednesday for further negotiations towards your new CA. The Council opened proceedings by stating it was standing firm on its proposal of a two year “rollover” of the current agreement with a pay offer of 0% in the first year and 1% in the second year. However, Council also stated this “rollover” was on the proviso of productivities through the introduction of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

We re-stated that you and your colleagues have already delivered improved productivity by maintaining service delivery in the face of redundancies, and that the Council’s proposed KPIs were not reasonable indicators of employee performance. We also pointed out that the proposition of introducing KPIs (or any new conditions) and a sub-standard pay increase does not constitute a rollover.

The Council asked if we would consider a proposed first-year increase of 1%. After some consideration we tabled a proposal of a twelve-month rollover (meaning an actual rollover with no new strings attached) and a wage increase of 1.75%. We also stated we would consider a second year with a 2.2% wage increase. Council will consider this counterproposal.

We have requested a paid-time meeting with all staff (indoor and outdoor) on the 1st December and await confirmation of the meeting time and staff availability from management. The agenda items of this meeting will depend on Council’s response to our counterproposal. Please keep an eye out for confirmation of this meeting and encourage your colleagues to attend so that we can seek your feedback on how we proceed after the Council’s response.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your Workplace Delegates (Peter Mowat, Mitch Whittington or Joel Elkhorne) or Union Organiser Glenn Desmond.

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