Logan City Council Staff Set To Strike On Tuesday

Neil Henderson (Services Union secretary) addresses Logan City Council employees.
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“More than one hundred” Logan City Council employees will strike on Tuesday.

Members of The Services Union, Transport Workers Union and Plumbers Union will walk off the job for the day and warn they plan further day-long strikes if their demands for a new pay agreement.

Something that their union says has not happened since 2012.

The Services Union secretary Neil Henderson said as many as several hundred employees could participate in the industrial action, with transport workers, plumbers as well as administration, technical and advisory staff expected to strike.

Mr Henderson said council employees had been forgotten about while internal battles over CEO raged and calls came from within for the entire council to be sacked.

“They’re pretty worn out with all of this nonsense, it’s been all inward-looking from the council and no one has been looking at the employees,” he said.

“We haven’t had new pay agreement with Logan City Council since May 2012.

“The council has been giving one-off cost of living payments, but this is the first time there has been a long, hard look at an agreement.”

“We haven’t had new pay agreement with Logan City Council since May 2012.

“The council has been giving one-off cost of living payments, but this is the first time there has been a long, hard look at an agreement.”

The Services Union said 12 months of negotiations had resulted in a “sub-standard” pay offer which also gives administrative workers on lower classifications, primarily women, an even lower increase.

Mr Henderson said he wanted the council to increase their pay agreement from 2.25 to 2.5 per cent and ensure the salary increase took effect for every council employee.

A spokesperson for Logan City Council said the announcement of the strike was “disappointing” but strategies were in place to cope with the industrial action.

“Logan City Council is disappointed that three unions have decided to take industrial action while enterprise bargaining negotiations are still taking place,” he said.

“Council last week formally tabled an offer to unions for their consideration and for them to discuss with their members.

“The unions’ initial advice was that they would provide feedback to the next meeting of the joint consultative committee on Wednesday, June 6 and continue discussions in an attempt to reach an in-principle agreement.

“As part of this process, council offered the unions and their members paid meetings to discuss the offer and to seek member feedback.”

source: Brisbane Times

 


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