Australian Bureau of Meteorology employee goes rogue with digital protest on Perth forecast over pay dispute

The hashtag #BOMonStrike appeared near the Perth forecast this morning.
The hashtag #BOMonStrike appeared near the Perth forecast this morning.

AN Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) employee appears to have gone rogue – making a digital protest on the official BOM website on Thursday.

The hashtag #BOMonStrike appeared near the Perth forecast for about five minutes before it was taken down.

A BOM spokesman said staff members were given a new Enterprise Agreement today.

This comes after BOM employees went on strike in 2017 due to an ongoing dispute, which began in 2014, over pay and conditions.

A second hashtag appeared on the Perth forecast after 6pm, that same day.

This digital protest elaborated on the first using the hashtag – #5yearpayfreeze, twice.

The BOM spokesman said the new proposed agreement provides a substantially front-loaded pay increase, protects core conditions, is financially sustainable and complies with the Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy.

“It enables the Bureau to continue to provide the critical services we provide to the Australian community in an affordable, sustainable way,” he said.

“The proposed new Enterprise Agreement follows ongoing negotiation in good faith with staff and unions.”

The Bureau did not say if the employee who posted the hashtag had been sanctioned.

However, the spokesman did say the Bureau respects the rights of union members to take protected industrial action.

“The Bureau has a responsibility to ensure that its products and services, including its forecasts and warnings, are not compromised,” he said.

“The Bureau is putting various measures in place to meet that responsibility and to maintain the standard of its products and services.”

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