The union representing Queensland public servants is pushing for a three per cent pay increase to keep pace with inflation.
Queensland’s public sector union is pushing for a three per cent pay increase.
The state’s public servants were awarded an interim 2.2 per cent pay increase in December, following a drawn-out legal battle.
But the Together union’s state secretary Alex Scott says a three per cent pay rise is needed so public service wages can keep pace with inflation, also known as the consumer price index.
“Our members have taken effectively a wage cut over the last two years because of increased CPI,” he told reporters.
“Whatever applies to the politicians should be applied to us: they’ve had their wages massively increased. All we’re calling for is a CPI increase.”
Mr Scott wants the increase backdated to January 2013, arguing public servants are between $2000 and $5000 a year worse off since Campbell Newman’s government began, in 2012, fighting union attempts to secure a new enterprise agreement.
Next week is the second anniversary of the old industrial agreement expiring.
Queensland inflation rose by 3.2 per cent during the last financial year, above the national average of three per cent, official figures released on Wednesday show.