Commissioner Thompson has referred the ongoing process of negotiating your wages and conditions to arbitration.

As you know on 13 February this year the government put forward their last offer and 87% of Together members voted to reject it. It still didn’t address your key concerns. There was still no improvement in wages for workers at the lowest pay levels and nothing else of note in the offer.

Commissioner Thompson thanked everyone for their perseverance and hard work in trying to reach an agreement, but noted that without the government moving on the wages quantum he did not believe that workers should be kept waiting any longer and has now made a referral to arbitration.

What does this mean for you?

The immediate effect of this referral is that any members currently taking protected industrial action must now stop doing that. We cannot take protected action while we are in arbitration.

If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact the union office.

The process of arbitration takes time. Your Together delegates will be meeting soon to work through the process issues and start preparing the evidence for the arbitration.

Congratulations on standing strong for a fair deal. The work you do is important, and you deserve to be recognised for it.

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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