Grace vows to stop pay dou­ble-dip

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - DES HOUGHTON

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.

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