Gold Coast Council staff to take industrial action

Some staff at City of Gold Coast Council have voted to take industrial action over a pay dispute.

From this Friday, librarians, administration staff, engineers, planners, inspectors and supervisors will begin work bans and rolling stoppages.

The Services Union claims Council is refusing to negotiate a new agreement which would maintain current working conditions while also delivering a fair pay increase.


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Union Secretary Neil Henderson says Council has only offered a pay-rise half a per cent above CPI.

“Council has been fixated with reducing the job security our members have under their current agreement,” Mr Henderson told mygc.com.au.

“They’ve also not been prepared to agree to a reasonable pay rise and wanting to introduce all sorts of measures to change our members’ ordinary hours of work,” Mr Henderson said.

The action comes just weeks before the Commonwealth Games with the union also accusing Council of implementing roster changes ahead of the event without properly consulting staff.

“For a council this size it’s simply unacceptable to so flagrantly ignore the rules,” Mr Henderson said.

City of Gold Coast CEO Dale Dickson said he will “not be publicly commenting on the proposed union action.”

“It is an operational issue so it is unlikely any Councillors will comment. Mr Mayor will not be commenting,” Council said in a statement on Wednesday.