Members have rejected the ACT Government pay offer of 2.5% as an insult to all ACT Government employees that will drive more skills away from ACT Government service delivery.
The pay offer falls below the latest increases to the CPI (3%) and considerably behind the likely movements in the employee household cost of living data to be released in the next fortnight.
APESMA members work in engineering, project management and science based roles predominantly in the portfolios of Territory and Municipal Services, Sustainability and Health and play critical roles in infrastructure and service delivery.
A poor general pay offer and a lack of commitment to competitive pay structures for technical and health professionals will impact on the capacity for the Territory to deliver in key areas of Government. ACT government engineers and health professionals are thousands of dollars behind their colleagues across the border in what is already a tight labour market.
The flow-on effect of not ensuring the ACT Government has the right skills capability includes delays to project and service delivery and the costs associated with such delays and the potential to compromise safety.
APESMA members have called for pay outcomes that as a minimum reflects the real cost of living increases (4.5% from December 2010 to December 2011) and pay structures that retain key skills in ACT Government employment.
In dismissing these reasonable positions Chief Minister Stanhope is putting delivery of key projects and services at risk and is showing contempt for a workforce that constantly has to punch above its weight.