Employees at the Australian Financial Security Authority have overwhelmingly voted down a below-inflation pay offer.
The offer would have seen wages rise by 4% over three years and cut conditions including personal or carer’s leave, flexitime, consultation rights and overtime for those in the call centre. Redundancy packages and career advancement opportunities would also have been reduced.
But staff elected to strongly reject the deal, with around 82% of eligible employees voting against it. There are around 470 workers at the AFSA.
“This deal would have taken away more than it provided and staff saw through that, despite having a short period of time to consider it,” said Community and Public Sector Union deputy president Alistair Waters.
“This is one of the highest no votes that we have ever seen and sends a very clear message to both the employer and the government that staff are not going to stand for cuts to their conditions and real wages.”
AFSA chief operating officer Gavin McCosker told staff in an email that negotiations with the union would resume in 2015.
The current enterprise agreement will remain in place until an agreement is reached.
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