This week during a Public Sector Union Wages Agreement meeting the Hodgman government made it clear that while some of the issues raised by unions could be discussed, there would be no negotiation in regard to most matters including wages.
The items the Hodgman government said it was willing to consider included:
- A wage increase capped at 2% per annum
- Some small changes in narrowly defined areas e.g. paying superannuation contribution on worker’s compensation and parental leave
- Some items with so little detail that it was impossible to tell if they were benefits or losses for public sector workers e.g. establish criteria to change employment status
All unions present felt it was a desperate and unprecedented process.
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