Back Pay for TMR Staff

Posted on June 23, 2020

We understand that an email was sent by Director General Neil Scales this afternoon advising you of when your back-pay will be paid.

It was certainly a shock to read that the back-pay will in fact be paid in the next financial year, as we know that members had understood the commitment made to be that it would be paid in this current (2019/2020) financial year.

As mentioned in the union email update last week we had a meeting with TMR representatives this afternoon at 3pm. The union office had not received notice of the timing of the back payment prior to the staff advice. During the meeting with management Together representatives expressed that the delay will cause significant concern for members and that TMR have failed to ensure the government's commitments were met.

Together members have consistently stood up for the need for the back-pay to be paid and for your Agreement to be implemented. We know that it is disappointing this hasn’t occurred in the current financial year. We also know that, without union members, there would be no back-pay. You have ensured that an Agreement will be made.

We can further advise you that your subsequent pay rises will be paid on the below schedule:

  • 2020-2021 - 2.5% pay increase will be deferred and paid on the January 1, 2022 as a result of the legislative changes noted in our email update last week.
  • 2021-2022 - 2.5 % pay increase will be paid on the July 1, 2021.

Together Union Secretary, Alex Scott, will be meeting with the Under Treasurer tomorrow about how workers who are in the defined benefit superannuation scheme will be supported to be ‘no worse off’ given the delay. This is a commitment that has been made by Minister Grace in a letter to public sector unions last week. We hope to be able to report back on that soon.

We will now progress the certification process for the Transport and Main Roads Enterprise Bargaining Certified Agreement 2016 and will provide an update on that in the coming weeks.

We are expecting a meeting to be called very soon regarding the Transport and Main Roads Operational Employees' Certified Agreement 2016 to discuss where it is at and what else needs to be done for in-principle agreement to be reached. From the meeting today, TMR confirmed the $1250 was still on the table.

As always please get in touch if you have any questions by emailing

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