• WA's 130,000 public servants on notice after Western Power asks staff to accept pay freeze
WA's 130,000 public servants on notice after Western Power asks staff to accept pay freeze
28 Apr, 2017, 2 Comment

Summary: WA’s 130,000 public servants - already shocked by a big restructure announced by Premier Mark McGowan this morning - are also bracing for lower wages growth after Western Power asked its staff to accept a one-year pay freeze and only modest rises in the years ahead.....

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The Australian Services Union’s (ASU) WA branch secretary Wayne Wood told 6PR’s morning program today that Western Power staff on the company’s enterprise bargaining agreement had been asked to accept a four-year deal comprising zero pay rise in year one, CPI-aligned pay rises (0.6pc) for the following two years and a 1.5 per cent pay rise in year four.

ASU WA branch secretary Wayne Wood. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian.
ASU WA branch secretary Wayne Wood. Picture: Bill Hatto/The West Australian.

Mr Wood said he believed rank and file members would “not cop” such a deal.

“The State’s in a difficult place with a huge deficit,” he said.

“We understand that they are looking to tighten their belts, however our members believe they are entitled to negotiate a pay rise.”

Mr Wood said workers saw a lot of money being wasted by poor management that had delivered lower profits.

However he said the workers’ pay claims would be modest.

Western Power is also understood to be keen to wind back a clause for unlimited sick leave in the existing agreement and make changes around carer’s leave and superannuation.

Questioned about the previous government’s plan to privatise the poles and wires utility, Mr Wood said the union had fought against the proposal and members knew things would be worse if Western Power was privatised.

The union would begin negotiations on the new EBA soon, with the existing agreement due to expire in August.

The pay negotiations begin as Mr McGowan confirmed this morning that many public servants faced job losses in the months and years to come.

The Premier said he would reduce the number of State departments from the current number of 41 to 25 by the middle of the year through amalgamations as part of efforts to drive a more “efficient” public sector.



thewest.com.au 28/4/2017

Comments.
  • MyPassion

    Name Withheld
    01 May, 2017

    Bit of a typo surely? Western Power does not have 130,000 employees :) If they do then they can probably afford to make 90% redundant ! But in this day and age and cycle in the economy they should probably be happy to have a job as the alternative is much more painful !! And a life time employees of the government is going to struggle to find work in the competitive world outside of government employment.

    Editor: Apologies for the typo. It's 130,000 public servants in WA who have been put on notice after Western Power's employees were asked to accept a pay freeze. This has now been corrected. Thank you for pointing this out.
  • MyPassion

    Terry EALING
    01 May, 2017

    You can sack the lot of them as far as I am concerned regarding the manner in which they treat Landowners. Have a look to seek if you can find any property rights for landowners who do not have an easement across their property for a power line to squat on. Have a look at their operation methods for cutting our gate chains to your property! Have a look at what they cover you for if a power line falls on you causing your death or injury. Nothing! They will deny any responsibility! Through the freedom of information I do not even have a contract for my property to have a power line on it. When you buy a property in this situation there is no information given to you to expose the implied easement and all their requirements. They haven't written any yet! If they have they haven't made them available to us. Need I keep going! I have off grid power but according to them it is not reliable. Well I have got news for them. It works great. So who needs them. $30,000 thousand for a three phase connection to our farm yet they squat on our land for nothing and they reckon that's a fair deal. I can build a great system for that not connected to the grid and not pay any bills. I thus illiminate all the danger and stress from having their line on our property and their arrogant attitude. Good ridance Western Power!
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