Update on Custodial Corrections agreement and wages
You may have heard the government are paying a $1250 payment for those areas of the public sector where in-principle agreement has been reached.
This does not apply to Custodial Corrections as we are still in arbitration. If, however, the government was to come back with a decent offer the $1250 would still be available.
As you know, the $1250 payment is not the only matter that we are interested in seeing progressed in Corrections.
At this point we are still waiting for the decision of the Full Bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) on whether the effect of Directive 12/12 is that CCOs on 1-1 to 1-7 must be paid Award rates despite the changes to the classification structure.
That decision may provide a real circuit breaker on the arbitration but we need to wait for it to be handed down.
In the meantime, a consent application was made to the QIRC to extend the Directions order by two weeks as both the union and QCS were required to file draft determination documents for arbitration by the end of next week. Without an outcome from 12/12 this would have been difficult for both sides.
The Full Bench of the QIRC granted that extension yesterday without a hearing which is probably good news that the 12/12 decision is imminent and we will be able to progress the EB either by gaining a reasonable offer from the department or continuing arbitration.