August 10, 2005

Feedback indicates that numerous members found the table in last Friday’s notice ambiguous and/or confusing. This was probably due to the table’s 2nd column being titled “Before the Union’s  changes (ie NOW)”, which many took as meaning the total wages earned under the current progression/promotion system and the current wage rates. It was actually based on the total wages earned under the current progression/promotion system and next year’s (+ 4%) wage rates – our intention being to show the positive impact of these changes in their own right (and without the distortion of the already-agreed 4% general wage increases due next March).

The original Table is reproduced here below together with two new Tables which should help clarify the fact  that all members below the rank of QF, both now and into the future

Original table

Wages Earned

Before the Union’s changes (ie NOW)

After the Union’s changes (ie, from 3/3/06)

Extra $’s

for members

During 1st year in NSWFB $46,395 $48,741 $2,347 pa
During 2nd year in NSWFB $49,767 $50,898 $1,132 pa
During 3rd year in NSWFB $52,028 $53,726 $1,698 pa
During 4th year in NSWFB $54,289 $56,554 $2,265 pa
Combined 4 year total $202,477 $209,919 $7,442


Revised Table #1

(Current wage rates vs March 06 wage rates)

Wages Earned

Current system (using today’s rates)

After the changes (using March 06 rates)

% increase $ increase
During 1st year in NSWFB $44,610 $48,741 9.3% $4,131 pa
During 2nd year in NSWFB $47,852 $50,898 6.4% $3,046 pa
During 3rd year in NSWFB $50,027 $53,726 7.4% $3,699 pa
During 4th year in NSWFB $52,201 $56,554 8.3% $4,353 pa
Combined 4 year total $194,689 $209,919 7.8% $15,230

Revised Table #2

(March 06 wage rates vs March 06 wage rates)

Wages Earned

Before the Union’s changes (ie NOW)

After the Union’s changes (ie, from 3/3/06)

% increase $ increase
During 1st year in NSWFB $46,395 $48,741 5.1% $2,347 ps
During 2nd year in NSWFB $49,767 $50,898 2.3% $1,132 pa
During 3rd year in NSWFB $52,028 $53,726 3.3% $1,698 pa
During 4th year in NSWFB $54,289 $56,554 4.2% $2,265 pa
Combined 4 year total $202,477 $209,919 3.7% $7,442

Craig Harris

State Secretary