Health Services Union condemns new wages policy as an act of industrial betrayal
Friday 26 Feb 2016
The Health Services Union of Western Australia (HSUWA) has condemned todays announcement by the Treasurer that Public sector annual pay rises in Western Australia will be capped at 1.5 percent, and have labeled it as an act of industrial betrayal.
Some 16,000 health workers are covered by the HSUWA Agreement (clerical, technical and professional staff) which expires this year on 30 June 2016.
Workers covered by this agreement last received a 3% pay increase in July 2015. This was an increase awarded by the independent umpire the WA Industrial Relations Commission.
HSUWA Secretary Dan Hill said the union had already commenced negotiations in good faith on behalf of members, for a replacement Agreement from 1 July this year on the basis of the 2014 Wages Policy capping increases at forecast CPI.
“The State Government confirmed that policy less than three months ago in the December 2015 Mid-Year Review, with the forecast CPI rates at 2.0%, 2.5% and 2.5% over the next three years,” he said.
“The Treasurers announcement today is an act of industrial treachery and he is quite clearly changing the rules after the game has commenced.
“The Barnett State Government is yet again seeking to punish dedicated, and hard working health workers for its own budget mismanagement.
“The majority of members recently surveyed by the Union have indicated their support for pay increases in line with the forecast CPI rates.
“Member meetings this week have also confirmed this sentiment amongst the membership.
“However today’s announcement comes before Member’s meetings next week at our major tertiary hospitals Fiona Stanley, Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth, and in light of the Treasurers statement, the Union will now have to re-think its bargaining strategy.” said Mr Hill