Last week, the PSA held its Annual Conference, in which delegates and members overwhelmingly supported the PSA’s campaign for a fair wage increase. As a result, a motion was passed endorsing a state-wide 24-hour stop work on Wednesday 8 June 2022, for all members working across the NSW Public Sector.
The motion passed by Delegates states that in the event that the PSA does not receive a wage offer that addresses inflation and the cost of living by close of business Monday 6 June 2022, this meeting endorses a campaign of industrial action to commence on 8 June 2022.
Reasons for stop work
The Perrottet Government has continued to refuse to rescind their unfair and unjust workplace laws that cap wage rises at 2.5 per cent. As their wages policy also includes any federally legislated superannuation increases, this means their policy allows for a wage rise of just 2.04 per cent and a 0.5 per cent rise in superannuation. The current rate of inflation is 5.1 per cent. The Perrottet Government already cut wages in 2020 by capping wage rises to 0.03 per cent for NSW Public Sector Workers. A wage rise of 2.04 per cent in 2022 will mean an effective pay cut of 3.16 per cent.
The Public Sector Needs a Pay Rise
In 2011, the NSW Liberal-National Government introduced the NSW Public Sector Wages Policy. This means whenever the PSA lodges a pay claim, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) is limited by law to awarding no more than 2.5 per cent, no matter how strong our case. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe warned in 2019 that Public Sector pay caps are entrenching low wage growth and wanted them lifted to at least three per cent.
The NSW Government must remove the cap on Public Sector wages. If wages fail to keep pace with inflation, the NSW Government will oversee an enormous drop in living standards for the people of our state. As the largest employer in the state, its well past time for the Perrottet Government to act.
Stop Work: Wednesday 8 June 2022
All PSA members across CSNSW are directed to follow the above motion and support the 24 hour stop work on Wednesday 8 June 2022. PSA members will be rallying in Hyde Park Sydney before marching to Macquarie Street to make our claim heard. Further details will be distributed in a separate bulletin.
What happens when I stop work?
You will not be paid for the time that you have ceased work.
What are the arrangements for staffing of CSNSW?
- SEAG will stay at work
- Governors/MOS should work off risk assessment that each centre has completed after the Hamzy strike which determines level of staffing for the centre for a 24-hour period.
- COVB and CSI managers may decide to remain at work due to staffing requirements.
- Non-members will remain at work.
There will be some transport arranged for Corrective Services NSW employees living in regional locations to attend Sydney. These details will be distributed shortly. Additionally, there will be rallies in select regional locations for those unable to attend in Sydney, or unable to utilise the transport available.
If you know anyone who is not a member who would like to join the campaign to seek a fair and reasonable pay rise, ask them to join the PSA today at www.psa.asn.au to ensure they can participate in the PSA Day of Action.