Logan pledge to women staffers a bad look: Services Union

LOGAN City Council has pledged to celebrate women workers but The Services Union, negotiating a payrise for mainly women admin and clerical staffers, describes it as bad look.

Services Union secretary Neil Henderson said he hoped members would “see the pledge for what it was”.

“The council now wants to celebrate the women working at Logan and achieve equitable working conditions for all ... by paying women less,” he said.

Mr Henderson said it came at the same time the council was offering a two-tier pay rise with a 2.25 per cent annual increase for some staff, while those on administrative levels 1 to 3 were offered 1 per cent a year plus an annual $550 lump sum over four years.

“Level 1 to 3 workers are mostly women –  they work in the libraries, as administrative assistants and as PAs.”

The council’s people and culture manager Mark Goldsworthy announced the pledge to staff in an email.

“Logan City Council is supporting the 100 days for change campaign by celebrating the women working at Logan City Council,” he said.

“The aim of the campaign is to empower individuals and organisations across all industries and sectors to make all kinds of large and small scale changes.

“The hope is that this collective action will increase the momentum towards achieving equitable working conditions for all.

“In our people plan, we are committed to a goal of increasing the diversity and inclusion within our organisation and to drive practical, measurable change in our workplace.”

Services Union members at Logan City Council will join a new wave of protected rolling stoppages on Friday.