The new wages policy provides public sector unions with a choice, by industrial agreement, of a two year setting that offers above-CPI wage increases of either:

  • Option 1: a 2.5% wage increase per annum, with a $1,000 sign-on bonus in the first year; or 
  • Option 2: a 2.5% wage increase per annum, with an additional 0.25% per annum for negotiated workforce reform measures.” 

    - 2021–22 Government Mid-year Financial Projections Statement, p. 13

Statement from CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary Rikki Hendon:

The 2021/22 Mid-Year Review, delivered by Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan this afternoon, has revealed critical information about the WA State Government’s new wages policy for public sector workers.

What has been announced today does not provide the new Government wages policy in full. The devil will be in the detail.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing the framework in full to better understand the scope it provides to bargain for meaningful outcomes for public sector workers.

Today’s announcement falls short of what we advocated for in our submission to the Government Wages Policy Review, but it does represent a significant shift in Government’s position.

This change has only been secured through the collective power of WA’s public sector unions and our members – the public sector workers who keep WA going through thick and thin.

While the new wages policy may underpin Government’s approach to bargaining, it will not dictate ours. Our position will ultimately be determined by our members.

We look forward to working with our members to finalise their pay and conditions claim and ramp up our campaign for real wages growth for public sector workers in 2022.


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