Your pay increases. The fight continues

03-Jul-2020

 

On the 24 and 25 June ASMOF, alongside the Nurses Union, the HSU, the PSA, the Teachers Federation and Independent Education Union continued our fight against the wage freeze in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission.

The Unions’ expert economist Andrew Charlton spent most of the two days in the witness stand, explaining how the NSW Government awarding our members the usual 2.5 per cent pay increase will stimulate demand and help us get out of this recession quicker.

This view is supported by an in-depth analysis by Equity Economics. They have described the wage freeze as ‘precisely the opposite direction economic policy needs to be headed to achieve the government’s goal of supporting economic recovery.'

Dr Jim Sanford has also undertaken an analysis of the Macroeconomic and Fiscal Consequences of Public Sector Wage Freezes in NSW.

The fight to stop the wage freeze continues in the Commission on 24, 30 and 31 July.

Today the Unions have written to the Crown Solicitors given the decision will not be handed down by the Full Bench before the first pay period after 1 July 2020. They have sought a written undertaking from the Government that any pay increase awarded by the Full Bench will be backdated to the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2020.

If the Government is successful in stopping the expected 2.5per cent pay increase, a worrying precedent will be set which could have implications for your future pay increases.

Only your Union can stop this happening.

If you know any colleagues who haven’t yet joined ASMOF tell them to join today:

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