CYJMA members accept government’s offer.
Thank you to all of the members that participated in the snap ballot on the government’s offer on your EB over Friday and the weekend.
The final outcome of the ballot was:
88% ‘yes’ to the offer
12% ‘no’ to the offer
Nearly half of all members returned a vote, which given the time we had, is great – thank you for being so flexible and responsive.
Subsequent to this strong outcome in the member ballot, the arbitration proceedings have been held in abeyance in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission from today.
The next step is to draft a Heads of Agreement document with the government that will flesh out the offer and include timeframes for projects to be completed. Once the Heads of Agreement has been agreed, we will proceed to drafting the full agreement. We do not anticipate that this will take very long to complete, and at that point the document will be made available to all staff for a final ballot of acceptance.
Thank you to all members who participated in our teleconferences on Friday and those who sent through questions and thoughts – we had some very healthy debates about the offer and it is clear that there are a range of issues we still need to pursue outside of the bargaining framework.
For our Youth Justice members in particular we know this offer did not deliver what you were seeking; however, we are committed to working with our YJ activists and members through 2021 to address your specific issues.
The Department has already reached out to start conversations around vacancies and recruitment in Child Safety this week. Delegates’ and members’ input on these matters will be critical.
We know this has been a challenging process and the offer did not deliver everything that members were seeking, but with members’ acceptance of the offer we have a strong base to build on for further wins.
I also want to thank the delegates and members who were witnesses in the arbitration. There is no doubt that without the significant evidence and consistent advocacy, the significantly improved offer would not have been made.
Union members have and will always make a difference. We know that there need to be big changes to ensure you have safe workloads and to improve the system for children, young people and families. You do amazing work every day. Hopefully this is one more step forward to improved resourcing.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.