Gold Coast Council dispute to go before Industrial Relations Commission

An application to stop industrial action by City of Gold Coast Council staff just weeks out from the Commonwealth Games will be heard in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission today.

Staff including administration, counter staff, librarians, engineers, planners and inspectors voted to begin work bans and rolling stoppages over a pay and rostering dispute.

The action was due to begin last Friday but was put on hold after Council lodged a last-minute application with the QIRC.


Pay negotiations between Council and the Services Union broke down, with the union pushing for a 2.5 per cent pay increase.

Workers are also angry at a push to alter rosters during the Commonwealth Games without consultation.

Neil Henderson from the Services Union says they will fight against Council’s last-minute attempt to stop the action.

“Council filed this application on Wednesday, the same day they were running around telling everyone there would be no effect at all from the industrial action,” Mr Henderson said

“It seems to me they say one thing, depending on who the audience is, they’ll tell you the story.”