Under the Public Sector Workplace Relations Policy (PSWRP), all new agreements and workplace determinations must not provide more than a 2% per annum pay increase, cannot contain enhancements to agreements and require agencies to fund salary increases through productivity savings (i.e. through loss of existing terms and conditions). The recent Determination to extend the EA and ELEA locked in the highest possible pay rises, without sacrificing any conditions.
It is our view that no real or meaningful change can occur with the current agreements through bargaining, without removal of the AFP from the WRP. Not only does it tie your hands, it also ties the AFPs hands in what they can offer to you. Under the draconian WRP, all that could be ”won” is a loss of entitlements to secure mediocre salary increases. We have been pushing for some time for the AFP to be removed from the WRP. We believe that you deserve better, but there is no appetite from the Federal Government and the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) presently. We also need the AFP to support us in this fight. It is in our members’ interests, as well as the AFP’s. To date, they have not publicly supported us in our fight.
The WRP has already changed to reduce the 2% pay rise cap, noting the stagnant wage growth across the country in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, the Determination was signed before this change, so our 2% annual pay rises were still honoured.
With this in mind, your Association requested consideration be given for the extension to continue until May 2023 – thus locking in the maximum pay rise possible for 3 years. During this time, the AFPA will lobby hard for the AFP to be removed from the draconian WRP.
We urge you to use Operation Recognition webform to contact your local Member; input your name, email and postcode to generate a prepopulated email that will be sent directly to their office.
The voices of your family and friends are also needed; we urge them to also contact your local Member on your behalf. Simply have your friends or family submit their own email using the links in the menu on the right hand side.
Contact your Senator too!
We also strongly urge you to contact the Senators for your home state and voice your opposition to the Public Sector Workplace Relations Policy.
Call, write and speak to the people who can make changes. Click into the Contact Details link for office, email and phone contact details of each and every Australian Senator and Member of Parliament.
Don’t give them a chance to ignore you.