WorkCover: the latest on your wages and conditions

Posted September 15, 2011 by Alex Scott

Your workplace union delegates have been busy in the early stages of negotiations for your new collective agreement that will set your wages and conditions for the next three years.

Your Together representatives have been meeting with WorkCover management representatives since early July and have made significant progress to date.

The log of claims was developed by delegates from the feedback received from their state wide WorkCover survey conducted earlier this year with over 200 people responding to the survey.

The large number of survey responses demonstrated that WorkCover members were keen to have their say.

Key matters flowing from the survey into the log of claims that have been the major source of negotiation to date include: workload management, dealing with client aggression and increasing the spread of hours for Brisbane CBD staff in line with similar changes for public sector colleagues.

By far the toughest issue you'll face during this round of collective bargaining is the government's current wages policy limiting public sector pay rises to just 2.5% per annum - far below the latest 3.8% inflation rate recorded for Brisbane for the twelve months to June 2011.

Together members and delegate know all too well that a 2.5% pay rise would represent a real pay cut in and would do nothing to offset the dramatically increasing cost of living facing Queenslanders.

WorkCover are sticking to this wages policy and only offering you a 2.5% pay rise.

Interestingly your independent umpire in Queensland, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, recently awarded your public sector colleagues in the Queensland Police pay rises of 3.8%, 3.8% and 3.5%.

When making this determination the Commission said, "…we see it as imperative that real wages be maintained."

WorkCover members are not alone in pursuing a fair pay rise with Together members in Queensland Health, Transport and Main Roads and QBuild all currently fighting for fair wages as part of their collective bargaining campaigns.

By standing Together with your colleagues in WorkCover and across the public sector you can win! 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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