The government gave the government business enterprise an exemption from the bargaining policy.

This allowed Australia Post to offer 3% p.a. for 3 years, instead of the ridiculous mystery pay policy that would have seen a pay offer of:

  • 1.9% in 2021
  • An unknown amount in 2022
  • An unknown amount in 2023

Australia Post employees voted to endorse the proposal yesterday.

This dramatic departure from the bargaining policy shows how broken it is The government has been forced to abandon the policy in Australia Post. It is time that it abandoned the policy for the rest of the federal public sector.

When am I affected?

The entire federal public sector will be affected eventually.

Pay increases under enterprise agreements and determinations made before the new policy will go ahead.

However, the new mystery pay rates will apply when you come to negotiate a new enterprise agreement, or when your agency decides to make a new determination.

Bad for the federal public sector, bad for workers everywhere

Pay increases will be unknown at the time you vote on them. The new wage cap sees wage rises calculated at a later date. Employees will be required to vote on an agreement that leaves future pay rates unknown.

Wages are at a historic low

The WPI has been at historic lows for some time, and has dropped to even lower levels since the pandemic recession.

Pay is not negotiated

Under the new Bargaining Policy, pay cannot be genuinely negotiated by unions, workers and agencies, instead, it is dictated by government.

This is a decision by government to hold back wages for all Australian workers

The Reserve Bank has recognised that this Government's wages policy will hold back economic recovery across the board. This is bad for workers in the APS, and bad for workers everywhere.

The government abandoned the broken policy in Australia Post. It should now abandon the policy for the rest of the federal public sector.

What can you do?