Wages update

October 10, 2019

Today we have made submissions as part of the State Wage Case in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission. This is the case where we are seeking to have your wages increase by 3% this year, back-dated to 1 September 2019.

This case happens every year and seeks to flow on the National Wage Case outcome (which this year was a 3% increase to all federal awards) in to the state system.

This is one of the ways we are working together to secure fair pay for you and your colleagues.

We have also lodged a request for an interim pay-rise as part of the arbitration. This includes seeking that the $1250 "one off" payment be made to you as workers covered by the Core Agreement this year, along with other public servants.

We will keep you updated on the progress of the wage case and the interim pay rise application.

The full arbitration on all matters still in dispute will not be heard until February next year. For a reminder of our position in the arbitration and what we are seeking there you can go here.

We have also written to the head of the Office of Industrial Relations and seeking to clarify if the government do want to see a settlement before the arbitration what the proposed starting off point for those negotiations would be. You can see that letter here.

While we know it is hard to wait and different to our usual processes of members being able to take action to secure a pay rise, the action is now being conducted in the tribunal.

However it's important to stay connected to what's happening because we know every pay day it makes a difference, and being able to run these cases only happens because you and other members have put forward the best arguments and determined that you wanted to try everything to secure the best possible outcome.

If you have any questions about the arbitration or other processes please get in touch.

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