|Issue No 49||07 April 2000|
Water Workers Ready to Walk
By Noel Hester
Industrial action is looming at Sydney Water and its subsidiary, Australian Water Technologies as management dodges a long-due pay rise.
Sydney Water employees haven't had a pay increase for over 12 months. the Sydney Water agreement expired in October 1998, and AWT's in February 1999.
Sydney Water has offered a seven per cent pay rise in a two year agreement. With the year since the expiry of the last agreement effectively it is a measly seven per cent increase over three years. This is half what other workers in the public sector have received.
Research shows that pay increases in the public sector are averaging 3.5-four per cent per year.
ASU Assistant Secretary John Tierney said about 100 Australian Services Union delegates met on the 28 March 2000 to discuss the enterprise agreement.
'The overwhelming feeling at the meeting was the Sydney Water and Australian Water Technologies offer was far short of what was needed and what every employee deserved,' he said.
'Delegates have set a 12 per cent wage increase in a two year agreement as the bottom line.'
Sydney Water and AWT stop work meeting:
WHEN: 12th April 2000
WHERE: Sydney Town Hall Centennial Hall & Vestibule
TIME: 9:00 AM
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