Corrections: It's crunch time next week
At the end of this month our union will need to give in-principle agreement to an offer from QCS in order to secure a new Agreement with a pay rise from 1 April, but right now we don't even have a final offer!
Two of the key issues – the restoration of the top up of workers compensation when CCOs are assaulted at work and lifting the unfair Cert IV and Diploma barriers in the classification haven’t been resolved.
At this week’s meeting we had been promised an offer from the Department on worker's compensation only to be told on the day that the Department hadn't finalised its position. This just isn't good enough! Correctional officers shouldn't have to take a pay cut as a result of being assaulted by prisoners and having to take time off work.
On possible changes to the classification structure, feedback from members at meetings held around the state makes it clear that any suggestion that people that don’t get any benefit from changing the structure should have to accept a reduced pay rise in order to fund this longstanding problem (that is of the Department's making) is simply unreasonable.
That's why we are pushing hard to get the Department to agree find the extra money that will lift the Cert IV and Diploma barriers. But that won't be easy and if we are going to succeed we will need to take action to do it.
Members will start receiving their Protected Action ballots in the mail from tomorrow.
IT IS VITAL YOU FILL YOURS OUT AND RETURN IT IMMEDIATELY!
If you want to take action these ballots need to get up and we know from three years ago that the only reason they fail is if people don’t return their ballots – 50% of the ballots sent out have to be returned for the ballot to get up.
EVERY BALLOT THAT IS LOST IN THE MAIL, RETURNED TOO LATE OR LEFT ON THE KTCHEN BENCH IS A BALLOT THAT ISN'T COUNTED.
Next week we will have an updated offer from the Department and will need to make a decision as to whether to accept what's on offer or fight on for something better – and members will make that decision.
We will email every members home and work address and ask you to vote on whether we should accept the offer and fight on – keep an eye out for that email and make sure you have your say.
And remember to take action you must be a member, so talk to your colleagues! Send them to the website here so they can join.