What's this all about
AS a union every 3 years we advocate for improved wages and conditions through a collective bargaining process. This process commenced in 2012. Due to the Governments aggressive approach in these negotiations and after a full vote of all workers on their “final offer” being overwhelmingly rejected the negotiations have transitioned in to an arbitration – a process where the Queensland Industrial Relations Commissioner hears arguments from our Union representatives and the Government and then the Commission will decide what the agreement will be.
This is the first time this has occurred for the State Government Departments Certified Agreement. The people covered by this agreement work in these agencies.
Because arbitration takes a long time as a Union we sought an interim wage increase for public servants to be paid while the arbitration was decided. The government has fought this.