Pillar members vote to accept agreement
The PSA members have voted to accept the three-year agreement that the PSA recommended. The agreement that the PSA is supporting is:
- 2.5% year 1
- 2% year 2
- 1.5% year 3
Current conditions to be maintained.
The vote was 90 percent yes.
This agreement has also been endorsed by members’ meetings in Coniston and Sydney.
As members would be aware, a staff ballot will now take place from Monday 22 August 2016. The new agreement gives protection of conditions for three years. This gives members much greater certainty in light of the privatisation.
It is worth noting Pillar first proposed a one-year agreement, then a two-year agreement.
Due to members sticking together, both ballots were defeated and we have delivered greater certainty of conditions in Pillar.
It is important to obtain an agreement and protection prior to the sale. We know from decades of privatisation that new private owners generally have an agenda to attack conditions. The PSA stands ready to fight this. However, this is an important opportunity for certainty for the next three years.
The agreement also delivers increases above the current rate of inflation, which is one percent nationally. A copy of the proposed agreement can be found HERE.
For the reasons above we urge members to vote ‘Yes’ when the ballot opens on 22 August 2016.