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Western Downs Regional Council Bargaining Update #5

Local Authorities April 3, 2019

The Services Union and the AWU continued Certified Agreement (CA) negotiations with Western Downs Regional Council on Wednesday 27 March.

We reminded Council that the current offer of 1.8% (CPI) and the removal of all RDOs was completely unacceptable, and that members felt disrespected by this low wage offer and Council’s desire to trash your work-life balance.

Council provided two revised offers:

Option One

  • 1.8% Annual Wage and Allowance Increases from the 1st full pay period to commence on or after the date of certification in the QIRC;
  • Retain RDO Provisions.

Option Two

  • 2.5% Annual Wage and Allowance Increases from the 1st full pay period to commence on or after the date of certification in the QIRC;
  • Removal of RDOs.

Our outdoor union colleagues advise that Council’s original offer to them remains unchanged at 1.8% annual wage increase and a 19-day month for all outdoor employees.

All unions will hold member meetings by early May to discuss our options. It is imperative that you attend and provide your feedback. Stay tuned for details.

Please direct any queries to Workplace Delegates Kylee Goss and Penny Harvey.

The Services Union has certified over 30 new agreements across Queensland councils, and in all cases your fellow members have fared significantly better than what’s on offer at Western Downs. United, active membership gets results time after time, so if you’re not yet on board, joining is easy at www.theservicesunion.com.au

The future at Western Downs is in the hands of you and your fellow union members.

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