AWU MEMBERS FORCED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN FIGHT FOR FAIR WAGES

Saturday 02nd March 2019

AWU MEMBERS FORCED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN FIGHT FOR FAIR WAGES

26th March 2019

 

The Australian Workers' Union (AWU) says members at Cassowary Coast Regional Council have been forced to take industrial action to fight for a fair wage increase.

 

AWU members at Cassowary Coast Regional Council will down tools and walk off the job from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 27th March 2019) for 12 hours to pursue their wages claim.

 

AWU Queensland Branch Secretary Steve Baker said members are seeking to restore wages to fair levels after their wages have failed to keep up with the cost of living. 

 

"Our members work and live in the Cassowary Coast and are proud of what they contribute to their local community," Steve Baker said.

 

"And their wages go back into their local community. 

 

"Our members at Cassowary Coast Regional Council earn their money locally and spend their money locally.

 

"For years they've seen their wages slip further and further behind the rate of inflation, which has made it harder and harder for their families to keep up with the increasing cost of living.

 

"After months of trying to bargain in good faith with the Council to restore their wages to a fair level, AWU members have had to resort to taking industrial action to pursue their claims.

 

"This protected industrial action isn't something they've taken lightly.

 

"Union members are standing together in solidarity to let Council management that the current offer is simply not good enough. 

 

"The workers at Cassowary Coast Regional Council deserve a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work - and that's all they are after."

 

BACKGROUND

 

Since 2014, wages of AWU members at Cassowary Coast Regional Council have only increased 5.3% while the inflation rate has increased by 9.1%.

 

While AWU members support most of the proposed Agreement, they are seeking a fair wage increase with a one-off increase of $2,400 to their base pay at sign-on, then 3% increase for the first year and 2.5% in future years. 

 

After months of negotiation in good faith, AWU members have had to resort to taking protected industrial action to pursue a fair outcome. 

 

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