Why are they doing this
The answer is simple: they want union members to back down and accept an inferior offer.
In July this year the PSC put forward an offer that was worse than the one that was overwhelmingly rejected by staff ballot in late 2013. This offer – including a 2.2% wages increase - was presented on a “take it or leave it” basis.
The PSC insisted on agreement to their inferior offer immediately, with no ballot of members.
It is not the role of the union office to accept or reject offers. Union members are the people who make the decision through democratic vote.
The PSC even applied to the Industrial Relations Commission that the union office communications about the offer be censored and the union office be legally banned from holding a ballot of members (fortunately, the Commission rejected this). This shows how afraid they are of union members having their own voice.
Even a shoddy “staff survey,” tailor-made to deliver the PSC the result they wanted, embarrassingly revealed a strong rejection of their 2.2% wages settlement.
Union members and non-union members alike have told the government that their offer is not good enough. In response the government have:
- continued to delay a final outcome,
- launched ferocious attacks on union members for daring not to agree with them,
- fast-tracked an “independent tribunal” that in three months has been created from scratch, heard submissions and written a report recommending a back dated increase for politicians.