Protest for better pay

Mandurah public servants walked off the job last week.d418337
Mandurah public servants walked off the job last week.d418337

More than 50 people, representing the departments for Child Protection and Family Services, Transport, Planning, Housing, Disability Services, Fisheries and Corrective Services, met to protest in the Mewburn Gardens.

Two weeks ago, Community and Public Sector Union/Civil Service Association (CPSU/CSA) members overwhelmingly voted to reject the State Government’s pay offer of 2.5 per cent per year for the next three years.

CPSU/CSA organising coordinator Rob Sheehy told protestors that public servants delivered services WA relied on.

‘The last thing you need is to be constantly worrying that you will have a job in the weeks, months and years to come, and you must concentrate on the needs of the community, not be constantly looking over your shoulder to see if a politician is trying to take your job,” he said.

Mr Sheehy said rolling meetings had been held across the metropolitan area.

He said the State Government was still refusing to move from its policy position despite negotiations. If negotiations failed, protestors loudly agreed they would continue to campaign for a fair deal.

CPSU/CSA branch secretary Toni Walkington said the pay offer was a paltry one and not enough to recruit and retain public servants.

‘What we want to see is the government come to the table, bargain in good faith and not just stand behind a policy position in which they will not offer any compromise,’ she said.

‘The pay offer has fallen short and shows the government has not moved its position in negotiations that started last year.

‘When our members rejected the latest offer they did so believing they should be valued as much as others in the public sector for the work they do in the community.’