Unions reject pay offer

Rikki Hendon of the CPSU speaks to union members striking over a pay dispute with the State Government. Picture: Matt Jelonek d417935
Rikki Hendon of the CPSU speaks to union members striking over a pay dispute with the State Government. Picture: Matt Jelonek d417935

A day earlier, more than 20,000 state school teachers held a stop-work meeting to vote for industrial action in the fight to keep more funding in state schools for extra teaching curriculums which have been cut in government funds this year.

Education Minister Peter Collier and Mr Barnett will meet with unions soon with the aim of encouraging them not to take further industrial action.

However, staff from the vehicle and driver licensing centre in Cale Street, the courts and child protection numbered about 150 people in Midland and were part of the Community and Public Sector Union membership which agreed to reject a 2.5 per cent pay offer from the State Government.

The Government recently offered a 7.5 per cent pay increase to public servants over three years.

Union delegates rejected the offer as ‘paltry’ and asked for 3.5 per cent per year over three years.

CPSU-CSA Assistant Secretary Rikki Hendon said the stoppages would affect a wide range of services.

‘It doesn’t even cover the cost of living in Perth, CPI is 2.9 per cent,’ she said at the rally.

‘Thank you all for leaving your offices and coming down here to join with other members in rolling stoppages.

‘You are the first lot of services that will be disrupted’