Together Bargaining

What's really going on with your pay

Posted by Vivenne Doogan on December 10, 2013

Queenslanders know that whatever the Newman government does, there is always more to the story behind the scenes.


Wage rise for Health workers - where is yours?

Posted by Vivenne Doogan on December 2, 2013

It has been over a year since your wage rise was due. It's time the government put common sense and decency on their agenda and gave you an interim pay increase.


A pay rise by Christmas?

Posted by Vivenne Doogan on November 21, 2013

It was great to see so many of you at the recent meetings where you called for the new Public Service Commission chief and the Premier to play fair and pay fair for the people who work in your agency.


Exchange of letters with the Public Service Commission

Posted by Together Queensland on November 21, 2013


Read a factsheet about the government's latest proposed IR changes

Posted by Together Queensland on October 24, 2013


Politicians get a pay increase, we get spin and untruths.

Posted by Together Queensland on October 17, 2013

This week we learned that Queensland’s politicians are still all set to get a 9% pay increase.The increase for this year will be 3%, backdated to 1 July 2013.


Higher wages and fairer conditions. It’s not rocket science

Posted by Alex Scott on September 12, 2013

Together members want pay rises that keep pace with the rise in cost of living and fair and reasonable working conditions. It's not rocket science.


Ballot of core wages offer

Posted by Together Queensland on August 12, 2013

Your committee of workplace delegates has decided to do a formal ballot of Together members on the offer the government made.

We are seeking your opinion on whether we should continue along the arbitration process or accept the government's offer.


Government's censorship attempt struck down

Posted by Together Queensland on August 7, 2013

The Newman government's attempt to censor union communications in the core public service has been struck down by the Industrial Relations Commission. Read the decision by Commissioner Fisher dismissing the government's requests for orders.


Union postal ballot on core wages offer.

Posted by Alex Scott on August 1, 2013

Following the government's revision of its position, your committee of workplace delegates has decided to do a formal postal ballot of Together members on the government’s offer for the core agreement. The ballot will be sent to Together members covered by the agreement next week.


Factsheets on the latest core 'survey' stunt from the government

Posted by Together office on July 30, 2013


Another day, another stunt from the government

Posted by Alex Scott on July 30, 2013

This morning public servants will receive an email survey from the government on the current wage case.


I have never seen anything this stupid.

Posted by Alex Scott on July 29, 2013

Last Friday evening (26 July) at 5:50 pm I received an email from the state government containing a revised offer on public service wages. They have required in-principle agreement by 9am Monday morning (this Monday 29 July).


Complete the survey now.

Posted by Alex Scott on July 26, 2013

Matters are progressing quickly, and you need to take action now.


Core: We need your say on wages

Posted by Alex Scott on July 25, 2013

I am writing to you because your union’s delegates need your input on the way forward in negotiations on wages and conditions in the core public service.


Court win on interim wage rise

Posted by Vivenne Doogan on July 17, 2013

The government is continuing to use every trick in the book to delay paying public sector workers under the Core EB a fair wage rise that keeps up with cost of living increases.


Yesterday, the Industrial Court overturned a technical roadblock to members in the Core receiving an interim payrise. This technicality was one argued by the Newman government's lawyers as part of their continuing attempts to delay and frustrate the swift resolution of the Core Agreement. The Court upheld our union's appeal against a decision of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission that it did not have jurisdiction to award an interim payrise - allowing us to argue that one should be awarded.


Delay after delay from the government in the Core arbitration

Posted by Together Queensland on May 8, 2013

The Newman government has been at it again, going to extreme lengths to delay paying a wage rise to public servants under the Core agreement.

As you might recall, your union lodged an appeal in the Industrial Court against the decision of the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) that it did not have jurisdiction to award an interim wage increase, pending the outcome of the full arbitration, since Campbell Newman had refused the simplest option of simply paying one without having to be ordered. That appeal is listed for an initial hearing on 7 May 2013.


Your wages, your conditions, and a very big week.

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on May 3, 2013

It’s been a huge week. We’ve seen Campbell Newman continue to delay a wage rise for public sector workers. We’ve seen privatisation dressed up as "contestability" announced in the government’s flawed plan for Queensland.


Government still holds up wage increase for Core

Posted by Together Queensland on April 19, 2013

Public servants covered by the Core agreement are still waiting on an interim wage increase, thanks to the government’s continued opposition to paying an interim increase on all fronts.


Interim wage application and hearing dates

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on March 28, 2013

The QIRC released its decision today regarding whether or not it has the legal power to decide an interim wage increase, pending finalization of the full Core arbitration.


Update - interim Core wage increase

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on March 11, 2013

Your union’s representatives made an application on behalf of members for an interim wage increase of 2.35% effective from 31 January 2013.  This interim increase was to apply pending the outcome of the Core arbitration.


Core arbitration update 20 February 2013

Posted by Alex Scott on February 20, 2013

The full bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) [Vice President Linnane, Deputy President Bloomfield and Commissioner Thompson) convened today (20 February 2013) to deal with programming for the arbitration for the Core Determination and the interim wage adjustment.


The inquiry into your rights at work

Posted by Alex Scott on February 5, 2013


Check your post this week

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on February 5, 2013

Queenslanders have once again been tested by extreme weather. Thanks to all of those who are working hard to help their communities in times of need. It's times like these that we are reminded why strong public services and public service jobs are important for all Queenslanders.


Documents relating to the Core arbitration

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on February 4, 2013


Our message to Campbell Newman is 20,000 strong

Posted by Together Queensland on January 23, 2013

In the final days of 2012, a chorus of 20,000 public servants said NO to the Newman government's inadequate EB offer. This is a rousing message to Campbell Newman that the hard-working public servants of Queensland reject his ideologically-driven attacks on services to our community and on the workers that deliver them.


Voting results – ‘No’ has won

Posted by Together Queensland on January 3, 2013

The figures below are an indication of the government’s ballot of employees about their proposal for the Core EB.


An Independent Public Service Commission - Really?

Posted by Alex Scott on November 16, 2012

They advised the government on how many jobs to cut, they advised the government on how to change the laws to strip away your rights so that they could do it, now they are advising you to accept the government's agreement which offers a real wages cut and removes job security. The Public Service Commission is relishing its role selling the Government's snake oil, rather than acting as independent guardian of public service principles.


Will you vote No to protect real wages?

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on November 12, 2012

Thousands of Together members have committed to vote 'no' in the ballot next week. One of the big reasons why, other than the stripping of job security and consultation rights, is wages.


Workers in Housing and Public Works reject government 'offer'

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on November 5, 2012

Workers in the Department of Housing and Public Works have seen through the government's spin and rejected the government 'offer' that will cut real wages, job security and conditions.


Ballot Information Sessions

Posted by Together Queensland on October 29, 2012

CORE 2012 Collective Agreement Ballot Information sessions
Come along to an information session near you to discuss the latest regarding the government’s Core EB ballot.

For the meeting dates, times and locations, please download this flyer.


New downloads available!

Posted by Alex Scott on October 16, 2012

You can get the latest meeting kit here:


Your agreement, the Supreme Court and why we must vote no

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on October 9, 2012

The government says that the upcoming ballot on your agreement is about you having a say about wages, not job security – they are wrong. If we vote for an agreement without a job security clause, there is no going back. It is game over for permanent employment in the public service under this government.

Let me explain why.


Truth About the Government's Ballot

Posted by Alex Scott on September 25, 2012

Last week the government announced its plan to eliminate job security from the public sector by pursing a ballot of all staff on what it’s prepared to offer for wages and conditions over the next three years. We see this for what it is – a desperate and sneaky move designed to avoid having to argue the case for slashing job security and below-CPI wage rises before the independent umpire.


Vote NO

Posted by Alex Scott on September 18, 2012

Download this fact sheet here

Campbell Newman wants to be able to say that public servants are voting to give away job security, so a yes vote for this deal put by the government will be a vote in favour of the way that Campbell Newman is treating the public service. A yes vote will condone what Campbell Newman is doing.


The government’s offer

Posted by Alex Scott on September 18, 2012

Download this fact sheet here.

On Friday 14 September, the government announced that instead of your wages and conditions being decided by the independent umpire they would try and push through a new proposal for an agreement in a ballot of all staff.


It’s been another very tough week, with budget announcements, and job cuts figures and specifics still coming through. Today in Parliament the Premier even tried to claim that no one had been ‘sacked’ that everyone who had left had left voluntarily. We all know that this is just lies, lies, lies.


Arbitration fact sheet

Posted by Alex Scott on September 7, 2012

Over the last few days Together negotiators and the PSC have been meeting to define the scope of the arbitration. This is a list of all of the matters that have not been agreed between the parties and only items on this list can be included in the arbitration. See the preliminary list here.


September update and rally information

Posted by Alex Scott on September 3, 2012

Union members are speaking up about this government’s destructive cuts to public services and jobs.

You can see the latest bargaining update here.

All around Queensland people will be coming together after the state budget in support of strong public and community services and jobs.

You can see where your local rally is being held by clicking here.

Come and join all union members in a co-ordinated day of action!


Important Update for your Wages and Conditions - Arbitration

Posted by Alex Scott on August 31, 2012

This afternoon the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission determined to send the 'Core' Public Service agreement to arbitration.


Your Action Matters

Posted by Alex Scott on August 30, 2012

There have been more meetings with the Public Service Commission and hearings in front of the Industrial Commission this week about your agreement. Tomorrow, that is, Friday the 31st of August, we have another conciliation conference scheduled to go over once again our key issues in dispute – job security, wages, consultation – just to name a few. Thank you to the thousands of members who voted in the poll on wages – this has informed your Steering Committee delegates on the best strategy for our wages claim at this moment in our conciliation.


In your letterbox soon

Posted by Alex Scott on August 27, 2012

This newsletter will be in your letterbox soon. You can download it here right now.

A letter from Alex Scott.
Bargaining update for August.


Conciliation Update Friday 24 August

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on August 24, 2012

Over the last few weeks, Together has been in "conciliation" with the government over the negotiations for your wages and conditions.


Votes are in and Conciliation Tonight

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on August 20, 2012

This afternoon from 4:30pm we have been meeting with government representatives in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission as part of the 'conciliation' process. We are working through the list of issues that were 'on the table' during negotiations and working out if there is any more movement available to get us closer to an agreement.


Core: Important Update

Posted by Alex Scott on August 13, 2012

Last week there was media comment nearly every day about the negotiations for your job security, wages and conditions.

Negotiations proceeded last Wednesday afternoon and the government representatives were still not prepared to shift on the key issue of job security and maintenance of conditions.


Ballot? What offer?

Posted by Alex Scott on August 6, 2012

It's a fast moving story today - I have now heard from another journalist after the Premier's press conference this afternoon that...


Revised Offer - via the Media

Posted by Alex Scott on August 6, 2012

Yesterday I was asked for comment by a Courier Mail journalist about a revised offer from the Government. This was the first that the union office had heard about this - but I was glad of the news.


We need to ramp it up

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on August 1, 2012

Yesterday was an important day. Our existing EB agreement expired yesterday, but the government yesterday also took drastic action in response to our increasing industrial campaign.


We need to take strong action now

Posted by Alex Scott on July 18, 2012

The events of the past few days have shown how committed you all are to protecting jobs and stopping the government's destructive attitude towards public services.


Core EB Negotiations update Wednesday 18 July 2012

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on July 18, 2012

Over the last two weeks on Wednesday afternoons I, along with our negotiating team from the union office, met again with government representatives from the Public Service Commission to continue negotiations about our collective agreement.


Rallies to protect job security

Posted by Alex Scott on July 5, 2012

The government’s changes to departments, combined with new directives that make it easier for permanent employees to be sacked, are threatening to destroy job security and to hurt Queensland’s community.

DOWNLOADS: Brisbane Rally Poster or Flyer for the Statewide Rallies

Public servants are part of our community – friends and family, brothers, sisters, neighbours, sons and daughters. Come to an event in your local area to force the government to respect Queensland’s public service jobs and services.

Below are the details of rallies in different parts of Queensland.


Negotiation Update - Your Wages and Conditions

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on July 5, 2012

Yesterday afternoon I, along with our negotiating team from the union office, met again with government representatives from the Public Service Commission to continue negotiations  about our collective agreement.


This is a terrible offer

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on June 22, 2012

This week the government presented your negotiators with an offer to strip-mine your conditions. The offer freezes increments, meaning that someone who is now an AO3-1 would be $5000 worse off at the end of the agreement. This isn't an offer, it's a ransom demand. It's time to fight back.


Core offer factsheet and delegate meeting guide

Posted by Alex Scott on June 20, 2012

These documents are a useful summary for members of what the Core offer will mean, as well as a guide for delegates who are running meetings about the Core offer.


Documents from the government in relation to the Core offer

Posted by Alex Scott on June 19, 2012

The below documents were provided by government negotiators in relation to the offer tabled on Friday 15 June.

They are the government's explanation for what their 'offer' means in practice in relation to previous Core agreement (2009) - available here as a pdf document.They are provided for the information of members but they do not represent the positions of Together members and delegates.


Your Wages and Conditions and our 9 Point Plan

Posted by Alex Scott on June 18, 2012

Last week was a huge week - this email is longer than those I have been sending you to date, however there are 3 parts and I hope you understand that the material requires a bit of explanation.

Many of you will also now have received a summary of the EB offer from your CEO's or DG's. Below is our summary as well. As soon as further documents are made available from Government delegates will be sent full kits on the 'offer' as it has been put by public sector industrial relations on Friday afternoon.


Negotiations – Your EB

Posted by Vivienne Doogan on June 5, 2012

Just a really quick update on how the negotiations with government about wages and conditions for the next 3 years are progressing – see below.

We met with the Public Service Commission / Public Sector Industrial Relations representatives last Wednesday and are meeting with them again this Wednesday to continue to ‘talk through’ the items in our whole of sector claims. These can be found here if you want to check what has been put to government based on your surveys and feedback.


Log of Claims

Posted by Alex Scott on April 3, 2012

Your union's log of claims is a list of all of the proposals that union members are asking for to be included in a collective agreement. These points are all aimed at improving the lives of workers. The log was put together by your union's delegates following the feedback from member surveys and through discussing what matters most with the members in their workplaces.

The log of claims is an important focus for negotiations - when your delegates present the log of claims to management, they will respond. If management choose to reject a particular item in the log, it is up to union members and delegates to decide what action to take.


Downloads

Posted by Alex Scott on April 3, 2012

You'll be able to find all the documents and kits for the 2012 Together Bargaining campaign here!


Together Bargaining Survey 2012

Posted by Alex Scott on March 1, 2012

Please consider the information and potential claims in the accompanying “Points of Concern” document and for each section below:

These surveys and your comments will be used to start discussion with your elected council delegates about what to prioritise in the log of claims at our Collective Bargaining Conference on 26 March.


Points of Concern

Posted by Alex Scott on March 1, 2012

Union members win pay increases and improvements to conditions through collective bargaining.

Yearly pay increases, or important conditions like public sector job security, don’t come from nowhere – they exist because union members in the Queensland public sector have come together as a collective group to ask for them in a campaign.

Improvements to pay and conditions are important because they make a difference to workers’ lives. The things we focus on – our families, our lifestyle, time off work to relax with friends, job security – are all things that rely on the pay and conditions we win through collective bargaining.

On this page you can find resources about the Core collective bargaining campaign for better pay and conditions in public sector agencies.