Public servants hold stop-work meeting

Public servants at the industrial action event in Fremantle on Thursday.
Public servants at the industrial action event in Fremantle on Thursday.

Congregating at the Shipwreck Museum, the industrial action included staff from the departments of Housing, Culture and the Arts, Corrective Services, Transport and Child Protection and Family Service looking for a better pay deal over the next three years.

The stop-work action comes after members of the Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association voted to reject the State Government’s offer of a 2.5 per cent increase per year over three years.

CPSU/CSA branch secretary Toni Walkington said the offer was ‘paltry’ and not enough for public servants who played a valuable role in the community.

‘We hope the Government would reconsider its position by putting an improved offer on the table and our members are committed to doing whatever it takes to get them there,’ she said.

WA Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said he ‘condemned’ the industrial action being taken.

‘Western Australian public servants are among the highest paid public servants in Australia compared to their peers in other jurisdictions,’ he said.