Core: EB Negotiations update
We are continuing negotiations with the government for a new collective agreement in the three areas of the Core, the Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women (CSYW), and the Department of Education.
As you know, the employer did not make any acceptable offer to settle the three agreements. Together members voted to escalate their campaign and also sought the assistance of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). Progress in negotiations has varied across the three separate areas.
Members in all three areas held rallies in regional centres across Queensland and in the Brisbane CBD and outside Parliament House in October.
Following an escalating campaign of work bans and rallies, members in Education took a statewide strike on Monday last week. Minister Grace has agreed to meet to discuss the issues of concern there and there has been some positive progress.
Members in CSYW also escalated through work bans and rallies to holding a full day strike on 16 November. Minister Farmer has agreed to a meeting, which has not yet taken place.
Members in the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) have also taken strike action and have continuing work bans in place. We have sought a meeting with Minister Furner to discuss their concerns.
The key issues in the Core agreement of employment security and temporary employment have had some positive discussions but there is no formal outcome yet.
Consultation and the future of work are also key points of concern where there has been no movement from government as yet. Right now the ASU National Conference in Sydney is considering a broader union strategy on the future of work.
On Monday your Branch Conference delegates are meeting in Brisbane and will hear directly from Peter Bridgman, who is working on the review of the Public Service Act.
Delegates will then make recommendations on next steps back to all members.
We will be at the QIRC again on Thursday.
I will be in touch again next week.