LOGAN City Council and The Services Union are back at the bargaining table after the council agreed to drop the two-tier pay rise offer the TSU said discriminated against its poorest staff – mainly women workers.
Five unions rallied twice in front of council chambers to protest against the council’s offer of a 2.25 per cent annual increase for some staff, while those on administrative levels 1 to 3 – mostly women who worked in libraries and as administrative assistants and PAs – were offered 1 per cent a year plus an annual $550 lump sum over four years.
Services Union secretary Neil Henderson said the two-speed offer was dropped during talks with Logan City Council management this morning. The council had also agreed it was prepared to talk on issues that included the introduction of domestic violence and severe weather leave to contracts.
“There’s still a long way to go but you could say now there has been movement on some of those big issues that were points of principle and causing argy bargy, there’s a new optimism,” he said.
Mr Henderson said issues still to be negotiated included back pay and salary maintenance for those displaced through job restructuring. The two parties meet again for further talks on November 19.