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ACT Government workers – strikes can win

Here in the Australian Capital Territory the local Stanhope Labor Government has offered a pay increase of 1.5 percent, which in effect a wage cut of 2 percent. [Kim Sattler from Unions ACT has pointed out the offer is now 2% in the first year and 2.5% in out years and that all 8 unions have rejected it. I have adjusted the figures accordingly and re-sent the updated letter below.]

The union has responded, not with talk about industrial action, but claims for free public transport. This is window dressing and the union leadership’s attempt to avoid at all costs any strikes against ‘their’ Labor Government.

Here is a copy of a letter I sent to the Canberra Times on the issue.
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The Community and Public Sector Union rightly thinks the ACT Government’s 2 percent pay offer is poor.  (Canberra Times Friday 5 February).

Core inflation is about 3.5 percent so the offer from the Stanhope Labor Government is in fact a real wage cut of 1.5 percent.

The CPSU is affiliated to the Labor Party (with its leader Stephen Jones soon very likely to move into the safe Labor seat of Throsby). 

The CPSU leadership argued for affiliation on the pretext of being able to influence the Labor Party in Government to treat its employees fairly.  With the ACT Labor Government offering a real wage cut of 1.5 percent, plus an ‘efficiency’ dividend of up to 1 percent, that strategy is clearly in tatters.

Affiliation was really more about creating career pathways for the CPSU bureaucrats.

I have a novel suggestion for the CPSU leadership.  Fight this Labor Party Government, not capitulate to it.

Strike for a real wage increase. 

Unlike sucking up to Labor, strikes can win. Maritime Union members at Total Marine Services struck recently and won 30 percent pay increases. That will flow through to other workers in the industry.

The CPSU leadership strategy of doing nothing means Labor wins but members lose. 

I have a question for the CPSU paid leadership. Which side are you on  – the Labor Party’s or your members’?

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