Power and Water workers reject NT Govt’s wage freeze ahead of further voting

by | Dec 14, 2021 | News Brief | 0 comments

The NT’s public servants at Power and Water and Jacana Energy have rejected the Gunner Government’s latest pay and conditions offer, which would see a wage freeze for four years in exchange for a $10,000 taxable “bonus”.

The Community and Public Sector Union said 67.8 per cent of Power and Water workers voted no to the offer, which they said should deliver a strong message to the Gunner Government and the Public Employment Commissioner that “Territory workers deserve a real pay rise, not a dodgy taxable bonus”.

Workers at Jacana Energy also rejected the offer.

The last of the three agreement ballots, the NTPS Agreement offer ballot closes this Friday, December 17.

The CPSU is calling on NTPS workers to “vote no to Gunner’s pay freeze”.

Secretary Kay Densley cited issues such as the Territory’s rising inflation rate and cost of living, among other reasons to reject the offer.

“Workers weren’t fooled by threats and weasel words; they know this offer is not a pay rise. This is a rotten deal, that is a slap in the face to hard working Territorians,” she said.

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