Your wages and conditions are in arbitration

The Queensland government made an 'offer' that for the majority of members was below the award safety net rate of pay.

Union members voted to reject that offer.

Now we are in an arbitration process before the independent umpire, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, to seek a better wages outcome and improved working conditions.



What does this mean for my wages?

In the arbitration we are seeking for a wage increase to be applied that would put members in the public service in parity with other government agencies, like Queensland Health. Here is the document that sets out our position in detail.

You can see a side-by-side comparison between our position on wages and the Queensland government's position here.

As a union we have applied for an interim wage increase, so that you can receive a wage increase while the arbitration takes place.

We have yet to hear anything back from government regarding our request for an interim wage rise to be applied.


What is bargaining?

Every three years public sector union members are able to bargain with their employer, to seek wages and conditions that are better than the award.


We will be providing you with regular updates from negotiations as they happen.

Our claim

Union members decide what to ask for through bargaining to improve workplaces, conditions and wages.

Collective action makes a difference

As union members we know that to make real change, negotiations alone won’t be enough to win the changes you want to see in your workplace.

To win real change, we need a strong campaign across the public service that forces the employer to change the rules in the Queensland public service.

Having active and involved members in workplaces across the state makes a strong campaign!

Under the Industrial Relations Act, members can take protected industrial action as part of negotiations.

Only union members can take protected industrial action, and only union members can change your employer’s offer. To be part of the campaign, you need to be a member of Together.

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Here's what members have done so far

Members in all Departments covered by the Core have held stop work rallies all over the state.

Members in Queensland Boating and Fisheries also took 24-hour strike action, as well as enacting extensive work bans. QBFP members have temporarily suspended their work bans in order to further negotiate with the Department.

Ongoing industrial action

Members in the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training maintained the following indefinite work bans: not providing information to management regarding requests from the Director-General or Minister and not providing statistical reporting.

Protected action is no longer happening now we're in arbitration. 

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