Grace vows to stop pay double-dip
THE State Government is resisting Together union pressure to give 19,000 Queensland public servants an additional pay rise.
“We will continue to bargain in good faith but I can’t let them double dip,” Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said yesterday.
Non-teaching staff employed in state schools will strike for half a day on Monday as part of an “equal pay for equal work” protest that may spread to other departments.
Together is also seeking classification upgrades for therapists and science workers that would boost their salaries.
“We are not going to pay them twice, “Ms Grace said.
“We have already delivered wage increases, outside of bargaining, by supporting a 3.5 per cent wage increase in the state wage case.”
She said a pay rise had already flowed to workers on state awards.
“The flow-on of this 3.5 per cent increase has seen some low-paid workers already receive increases to their wages, backdated to September 1,” she said.
Ms Grace said negotiations would continue in good faith.
“I think we are nearly there,” she said.