SUMMARY OF THE DFWA POSITION
Although the timeframe was very short, the Association received significant input from members of the ADF.
ADF members indicated in very strong terms that they do not support the Arrangement nor the “productivity initiatives” to fund it. The Association believes the WRA should at least match the movement of the “Employee Living Cost Index” not just inflation in order to maintain real purchasing power of ADF salaries. Anything less effectively represents a pay cut which we find objectionable. Nowhere in the Joint Submission is there mention of the reduction of purchasing power of the wages or an analysis of the negative effect on the ADF members.
The Association and our members are dissatisfied with the process used to develop the Arrangement and communicate its terms to ADF members.
The Association strongly objects to the extremely short timeframe allowed to assess the Arrangement before it is put to the Tribunal.
The Association notes that ADF members have produced efficiency gains over the last 7-8 years, and there has been no recognition for these or acknowledgement of the extra workload carried by them to meet the government’s objectives.
THE ASSOCIATION OPPOSES THE ARRANGEMENT AS IT CURRENTLY STANDS.
Read the deatailed Submission here