Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann has called on the Abbott Government to end its attack on pay and conditions for civilian defence staff, following the announcement that they will take industrial action. It should also abandon plans to further savagely reduce Defence civilian staff numbers by over 1,000.
“The Abbott Government has called for a more unified and integrated Department of Defence in its First Principles Review,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“But at the same time the Government is attacking the pay and conditions of nearly 20,000 civilian defence staff.
“The Abbott Government’s offer to civilian defence staff is an insult, asking them to give up two days of leave per year and to work longer hours in exchange for a cut in their real pay.
“Defence is an integrated workforce. You cannot attack the pay and conditions of civilian defence staff without it having an impact on the ADF as a whole.”
Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson has made this point:
"The greater the differential you have, between base salaries in the ADF and base salaries in the defence APS, the greater are the difficulties we are going to run into in terms of an integrated workforce,"
Defence Secretary Dennis Richardson, The Canberra Times, 6 March 2015
“Civilian defence staff have shown respect by deciding to hold off on their industrial action until after ANZAC day.
“Now it’s time for the Abbott Government to show some respect to our Defence workforce by coming to the table with a fair and reasonable offer and abandoning its plans to slash vital Defence jobs."