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Big Serco Overtime Win

« Back to News Articles Big Serco Overtime Win

A major breakthrough in negotiations on a new agreement with Serco will protect the incomes of our 300 members employed by the global security firm.

From the outset of talks Serco had insisted that overtime only apply after their security officers had worked 76 per hours in each fortnight.

We were adamant that overtime be calculated daily and applied daily after 7.6 hours had been worked.

It was a big issue and our members were determined to walk off the job if Serco didn’t come to the party.

We stuck to our guns and with the threat of protected industrial action hanging in the air the company succumbed and agreed to our demand.

Other features of the new agreement include:

An up front 3.1% pay rise and two further annual rises based on the Wage Price Index.

Increased Regional Allowances – Officers on call for seven days will receive $28 per day plus $25 per day on weekends if called in. This adds up to $196 + $50 which equals $246.

This is a good win for regional officers who are on call. It’s not easy, they must have zero alcohol in their system and have to be contactable and ready to go at a minutes notice.

Parking: With the skyrocketing cost of parking in city and metro areas we were chasing a bit of relief for those constantly putting their hard earned money into ticket machines.

To make matters worse our members often get moved from court to court and have to pay for parking twice.

Some officers have had to pay $160 per week for parking

It may be a small concession but Serco have agreed to reimburse the second lot of parking fees.

A final draft of the proposed agreement will now be distributed prior to it being put to the vote.

Thanks to those on the negotiating committee Brian McKenzie, Shane Campbell, Rob Simpson and Dave Abraham.

Regional: John Scotland (Geraldton), Russell Swancott (Carnarvon), Mase Mokha (Broome), Rod Taylor-Parlane (Albany) and Cherie –Lee Fisher.