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South Burnett Bargaining Continues

Local Authorities February 3, 2020

Members of The Services Union at South Burnett Regional Council have been pursuing a new Certified Agreement (CA) since July 2019.

While our Union is striving to finalise negotiations before Council enters election caretaker mode, we also need to “get it right”. Undue haste could jeopardise members’ entitlements.

The parties are very close to achieving a package worthy of members’ consideration. However, unions have raised the following matters with Council:

  • Dispute Resolution clause – Council wishes to remove reference to arbitration if parties cannot come to an agreement following conciliation;
  • Term of Agreement – Council’s interpretation of a 3-year CA would be closer to 3.5 years, so Unions have requested either an earlier expiration or extra remuneration for the additional 6 months.

We await advice from Council’s negotiating team, which in turn needs further discussion with the CEO who returns from leave on Wednesday 5 February.

What we have already achieved:

Council proposes the following Salary Increases:

  • 2.5% wage increase backdated to the first pay period in January 2020, to be paid on the first pay period following certification of the Agreement;
  • 2.5% wage increase effective on the first pay period following the first anniversary of the certification of the Agreement;
  • 2.5% wage increase effective on the first pay period following the second anniversary of the certification of the Agreement.
  • Plus, a “one-off” payment of $850 in respect of the period of July to December 2019 for staff employed by Council as at the date of the CA vote (pro-rata for part-time and casual employees).

Council has also agreed to drop its claim to reduce Redundancy entitlements and has agreed to maintain No Forced Redundancy provisions.

Our Union is working hard to achieve a resolution that is both timely and acceptable. Stay tuned for further updates.

For more information, please contact either Works Overseer and Union bargaining representative Ron Nesbitt, or Regional Organiser Craig Dunn on

Thank you to members for your patience during negotiations and please remind your colleagues of the importance of supporting the team that has got us this far. Join now, it’s easy at


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