Professionals Australia lodged a Protected Action Ballot (PAB) at the Fair Work Commission this week and yesterday afternoon, 5 March the PAB was approved by the FWC.
A copy of the orders and proposed ballot will be available soon on our website.
Please see the attached bulletin for important information about the process and what you need to do to ensure that you are part of the ballot.
Below are 5 more reasons why you should get involved and encourage your colleagues to get on board now.
A Bunch of Fives
Beyond the Headlines Here Are 5 things you may not know about the proposed DECA
- Back to the Future: The commencement salary for EL1s will plummet below levels at the start of the current agreement in 2012 (and that includes the proposed first pay increase). This is a level where significant engineering, project and science expertise resides. It’s a shameful devaluing of technical expertise.
- On the Road: When Comcare removed journey cover from its scheme without consultation Professionals Australia and the AMWU negotiated hard for additional leave (Extended personal support – Appendix C). We did this because of the long hours and travel of members. This will be removed.
- ASPI or Ministers Abetz and Andrews on Defence pay? Last year the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) belled the cat on defence pay with this longitudinal graph. 2 things are worth noting. Movement in APS and ADF pay until now has been roughly at the same rate. The movement in politicians’ pay puts everything else in the shade.
- National Security Careers: National security is at the centre of the Government agenda for good reasons yet an axe is being taken to career paths by removing broad-banding arrangements for professionals in ASD (currently in Section B). At the same time despite pointed reviews nothing is being done to improve technical and professional career paths.
- The first casualty in conflicts is often truth. One of the first elements removed from the proposed DECA (from A2) is the underpinning principle of “behaving honestly.” These principles are critical because they underpin the application of the whole agreement.
Five Things to Do
- Print the attached bulletin and pass it on to a colleague who is not yet a member. If you’re not a member yet print out the form fill it in/scan it and email it to your Professionals Australia contacts (or join online here)
- Print the poster and put it up on your noticeboard or at your workstation.
- Update your details to make sure you don’t miss out on the ballot
- Pass this email on to your broader workplace and professional networks. We need members involved across the country!
- Encourage your colleagues to like our Integrity in Defence facebook page here – please be mindful of Departmental policy on social media.
And remember that a consequence of pressure being applied on the government by the broader Defence community the ADF pay position moved this week.
We can do it too with you.