Conditions seal WA public sector wage deal

Conditions seal WA public sector wage deal

WEST Australian public servants have voted in favour of a new collective agreement after the state government’s second offer came with condition improvements.

Improvements include paid superannuation on unpaid parental leave, more bereavement leave, paid cultural and ceremonial leave for indigenous workers and a new public sector holiday.

The two-year deal includes an immediate $1000 pay rise and a further $1000 increase in June next year, in line with the public sector wage freeze implemented by the McGowan government when it won office in 2017.

The next round of bargaining coincides with the 2021 state election.

CPSU/CSA branch secretary Rikki Hendon said the state government’s first offer failed to adequately address the Union’s pay and conditions claim but, after campaigning by members, a much improved second offer was received.

“In finalising this agreement, we have secured conditions which provide practical and financial benefits to public sector workers, and broken the government’s wages policy in the process.

“The innovative, ground-breaking conditions won in this campaign will not only improve the lives of public sector workers in the short term, but will also contribute to breaking down inequality in our workplaces and society in the longer term.”

Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston added: “I’m very pleased that CPSU/CSA members have agreed to the new enterprise agreement and this issue is now resolved.

“Without the public sector our society wouldn’t be able to function, so I’d like to thank these workers for their continual efforts and contribution,” he said.

“The CPSU/CSA has recognised that the State is in a dire financial situation, however we have worked with the union to introduce some new and improved conditions which has helped us reach this agreement.”