Wage talks continue in QLD
Queensland public servants are voting on a new award agreement that could see a pay rise of 2.5 per cent per year.
The new deal has been under negotiation by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's Labor government and Together Queensland - a branch of the Australian Services Union - since September 2019.
Even though it has been in the works since weeks before COVID-19 emerged, the state's opposition opposes any payment increase during the crisis.
Alex Scott, general secretary of Together Queensland, said that even though many public servants have retained their jobs, they are still affected by the job losses created by coronavirus.
Mr Scott said that details like the increases are not guaranteed yet, signalling further discussion with the government.
On Thursday, it was reported that the Premier had put a ‘freeze’ on the wage increase. The deal has not been confirmed yet.