After nearly two years of negotiations, employees at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are set to vote on a proposed Enterprise Agreement.
The agreement has been negotiated within the framework of Commonwealth government policy which has required agencies such as ACMA to demand trade-offs to conditions in return for meagre wage rises.
The result was a stalemate across much of the public service, with staff unwilling to accept losses of entitlements in return for wage rises below inflation.
The government’s decision last year to offer a slightly increased wage deal has resulted in employees in some government departments voting up new agreements. But the signs are that ACMA staff will reject their proposed EA which is still only offering a 6% rise over three years.
CWU members have already told the union that they will not be voting in favour of the proposed agreement and other involved unions will be recommending that their members also vote NO.
The ballot will run from Thursday 3 March 2016 to Wednesday 9 March 2016 inclusive.