Meanwhile, the payment of the office`s 1,600 employees at 2014 rates has been frozen. The “no improvement” clause ensured that Office staff did not achieve anything significant in this agreement. All victories were in the defense of some attacks against the existing conditions. However, the lack of compensation for the four-year gap since the expiration of the old agreement means that these conditions have been paid in lost wages – a real pay cut of almost 10% is now blocked. And not all attacks could be repelled. The rights of trade union delegates have been restricted. One of the biggest losses is the change in the reimbursement of travel expenses. The more than 100 technicians who travel to maintain automatic weather stations and radars will lose thousands of dollars each year due to budget cuts. “It`s not the first thing we jumped on, but after five years without a pay increase and four years in a long fight, we want people to know how difficult office workers find it,” said Beth Vincent-Pietsch, assistant secretary of the PCSU. The BOM told the CBA that the proposed agreement “provides an essentially anticipated wage increase, protects essential conditions, is financially sustainable and responds to the government`s workplace bargaining policy.” The employees of the coin list intensified their campaign during lengthy pay negotiations and hijacked the weather bureau`s website and media appearances with messages about the dispute. The last enterprise agreement expired in 2014 and three attempts to secure a new contract have since failed. The new agreement is widely seen by staff as a bad deal. Some conditions were saved, but with the loss of real wages.
A 51 per cent vote is not a confirmation; This is a sign of a divided workforce that cannot see a convincing alternative to the offer. In the end, BoM workers were starved. The CPSU asks office employees to vote “no” and argues that it is still below average compared to the financial statements available to employees of other government agencies. “It allows the office to continue to provide the critical services we provide to the Australian community in an affordable and sustainable way. After a long and much-disputed campaign, staff from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) voted in favour of a new enterprise agreement. The vote on 3 July was the lowest, with only 36 votes. This was the fourth time staff had to vote on a proposed contract in as many years.