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Unitywater – Entrenched Against Equity

Local Authorities September 5, 2019

The Services Union’s bargaining team met with Unitywater yesterday for further EBA discussions. It has become abundantly clear that senior management is fundamentally against the concept of an RDO. Not content with opposing a 19-day month for everyone, Unitywater is actually offering a lower pay increase to staff currently on that arrangement, even though they work the same hours as those on a 20-day month!

Our Union remains committed to maintaining and improving RDO arrangements. If Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council staff can work a nine-day fortnight, surely Unitywater can manage a 19-day month! Conversely, Unitywater wants Unions to agree to broaden the span of ordinary hours from 6am – 6pm TO 6am – 7pm, therefore decreasing overtime liability. Flexibility is obviously only okay when the bosses want it.

Despite having refused the majority of all Unions’ claims so far, management has yet to make a firm pay offer. Productivity and efficiency gains already delivered by members have kept Unitywater viable, and the Unions’ firm position is that a pay increase should reflect this.

The bottom line is that we still have a long way to go. Your Services Union Organiser Tom Rivers will visit all main sites this Friday 7 September to discuss options with members as per the timetable below. Tom is contactable via 0429 874 228 and

Site Visits – Friday 6 September 2019

  • From 8.30am – Weier Road Depot, Morayfield
  • From 10.00am – Caboolture Office, 33 King St, Caboolture
  • From 12.00pm – Maroochydore Office, 6-10 Maud St, Maroochydore
  • From 2.00pm – Northern Service Centre, Service Street, Maroochydore

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