MINISTER for Territory and Municipal Services Simon Corbell is “fairly confident” ACTION staff will agree to the Government’s latest offer for the bus service’s new enterprise bargain agreement.
Corbell announced today that the government had written to the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union with a formal offer after 18 months of negotiations.
Included in the offer is a 2.5 per cent pay rise for 2010-2011 and a subsequent 3 per cent pay rise in 2011-12 and 2012-13, $650 sign-on bonus, improved weekend roster and increased flexibility in workshops.
Corbell said the milestone in negotiations results in no further disruptions to the ACTION bus service and no further industrial action.
“I am fairly confident ACTION staff will sign,” he said. “But there still is a vote to be had.”
ACT TWU Sub-branch Secretary Klaus Pinkas said the offer from the Government fits the union’s parameters of negotiation and he was confident ACTION staff would sign.
ACTION staff will vote towards the agreement towards the end of the month.