After a long and much-disputed campaign, staff from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) voted in favour of a new enterprise agreement. The vote on 3 July was the lowest, with only 36 votes. This was the fourth time staff had to vote on a proposed contract in as many years. The previous three votes gave decisive results against the proposed agreements. “BoM`s refusal to make a fair offer to its employees makes it one of the very few Commonwealth agencies that have failed to negotiate a new enterprise agreement.” It allows the office to continue to provide the critical services we provide to the Australian community in an affordable and sustainable manner. Subsequently, in 2018, delegates insisted that a second protected action vote be put in place to allow a wider range of work bans, including refusal to participate in meetings; a ban on work-related travel, which is expected to cripple the maintenance of the observatory; and the insertion of union messages and hashtags into BoM`s tweets and forecasts. The employees of the coin list intensified their campaign during lengthy pay negotiations and hijacked the weather bureau`s website and media appearances with messages about the dispute. Ms. Vincent-Pietsch stated that the current work agreement on the personnel of the list of parts had expired in June 2014 and that the union had since been deadlocked, with the Bureau refusing to “engage in important conditions that other agencies have restored”.
Meanwhile, the payment of the office`s 1,600 employees at 2014 rates has been frozen. “It`s not the first thing we jumped on, but after five years without a pay increase and four years in a long fight, we want people to know how difficult office workers find it,” said Beth Vincent-Pietsch, assistant secretary of the PCSU. The new agreement is widely seen by staff as a bad deal. Some conditions were saved, but with the loss of real wages. A 51 per cent vote is not a confirmation; This is a sign of a divided workforce that cannot see a convincing alternative to the offer. In the end, BoM workers were starved. The CPSU asks office employees to vote “no” and argues that it is still below average compared to the financial statements available to employees of other government agencies.