PSUWA Update: Time to show Hodgman the yellow card?
WHAT a week – the Treasurer was again ‘negotiating’ the PSUWA agreement through Parliament, the People Matter survey was released and the Auditor General issued a report on the challenges facing the public sector around workforce planning.
The parallels between the Auditor-General’s recommendations and our PSUWA claim are astonishing and these are exactly the issues the Premier is refusing to discuss or negotiate around.
Mr Hodgman’s strategy is clear. He wants to blame your union for any delay in finalising your agreement and force you into accepting an offer that means we can’t address the important issues facing the public sector until after June 2019.
What’s in the Hodgman ‘offer’?
● 2%. 2%. 2%.
● Again threatening job cuts if ‘offer’ isn’t accepted
● Dedicated Family Violence Leave
● No action on career progression, workforce planning, workload, strengthening the independence of the public sector, superannuation or anything else outlined in your claim
● No action on any of the recommendations from the Auditor General’s report or the People Matter Survey
But our next move will be decided by you not him.
Your Delegates and Bargaining Reference Group have met to discuss our options for responding to Mr Hodgman’s ultimatum and these will now be discussed by you at over 40 statewide meetings next week and a decision made on which option will be put to a ballot. These meetings will also determine our response to the identical ‘offer’ put to Allied Health Professionals.
So put a date in your diary, round up your co-workers, and get along to a meeting. The State Service Management Office has approved attendance at meetings in paid time. Let your manager know in advance you’re attending so coverage can be arranged.
Know someone who’s thinking about joining your union or is really interesting in what’s happening? Let them know that if they join any time before, or at, the meetings they can come along and have their say too. Joining is as simple as clicking here.
If your workplace isn’t on the schedule but you’d like to host a meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org