According to a report in the Canberra Times ADF personnel may be faced with the same paltry pay offer likely to be put to Defence civilian employees
According to a report in the CanberraTimes it appears likely that ADF personnel may be offered a similar pay offer to that leaked to the public last week. Such an offer may also require conditions offsets.
A wage determination for Australia’s 57,000 men and women in uniform is due in October, and their pay offer has traditionally closely mirrored that offered to civilian counter parts.
The last military wage determination gave Army, Navy and Airforce members pay rises worth 9 per cent over three years.
Military advocacy group the Defence Welfare Association says it is very worried at the prospect of a pay offer of less than 0.9 per cent per year with annual inflation now running at 3 per cent.
Despite the bargaining position being leaked the department wasstill unprepared to commence negotiations with their civilian workforce:
“They’re not denying that the position that was leaked was their true position and yet they’re still not prepared to bargain,” said David Smith, Professionals Australia’s ACT Director.
“Minister Johnston seems to be more concerned with finding the source of the leak rather than intervening and vetoing this unreasonable bargaining position. Shoot the message not the messenger Minister,” said Mr Smith.