QLD Government faces a fight as wages campaign steps up

By: Chris Smith


Public sector workers are being asked to sign a petition addressed to Treasurer Andrew Fraser, asking for a revision in

Public sector workers are being asked to sign a petition addressed to Treasurer Andrew Fraser, asking for a revision in the government’s 3.25 percent wages offer to public servants.

The petition forms part of the QPSU’s campaign, alongside members of other unions, for a public sector wage increase that keeps pace with the cost of living.

QPSU General Secretary Alex Scott says unless the government is prepared to revise its offer, it could expect industrial action in hospitals, schools and other areas.

"Only this morning, Treasurer Fraser was proclaiming Queensland ‘a great place to live and work’, ignoring the fact that he’s asking the government’s own workforce to take a real pay cut," Scott says.

"At a time of rising prices, a 3.25 percent increase won’t be enough to stop the rot in Queensland’s hospitals. Unless the government comes to its senses, it will have to deal with serious industrial action."

Scott says a petition was one way QPSU members will be seeking community support in their fight.

"In addition to the petition, and the paid TV and radio ads, our campaign has included meetings between our members and government backbenchersm," he says.

"The government has already failed to stop workers from striking in Main Roads. Across the state, our members are angry and are getting ready for a long fight," he warns.

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