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Whitsunday Regional Council today approved a two per cent pay increase for all staff backdated to July 1 this year.
Council CEO Barry Omundson said the "administrative pay rise" was awarded as council had been unable to negotiate a new enterprise agreement because of a review being done by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.
“The final draft of a new award for Queensland Local Government will be considered by the full bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission early next month.
“This new award, when ratified, will provide clarity in relation to the industrial environment and give council the green light to commence negotiations for a new enterprise agreement and locking that away.”
Mr Omundson said the interim rise reflects council’s desire to recognise the excellent work of staff within the organisation.
“I thank all staff for their efforts to date as they continue their development and improvement of our organisation’s culture and productivity.
“Our staff are the front line face of council and the pay rise reflects our shared goal of creating a cultural environment which meets the needs of the business, and better reflects the values of our employees.
"We are planning on executing the payment as quickly as possible and have it all done prior to Christmas.’
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