Union prepared for pay trade-off

QUEENSLAND public servants would be prepared to consider a pay freeze in return for job security protections, a key union leader has declared.

Together union secretary Alex Scott told a "very significant percentage of the membership would be interested" in a potential wage freeze if linked to strong job protections.

During an extended interview yesterday, Mr Scott also said he had no regrets about his stance in the lead up to the March election, when the union decided not to campaign against the Liberal National Party like it did in 2009.

Mr Scott has been front and centre of the public war of words between public servants and the Newman government that has intensified as job cuts have been rolled out over the past few months.

Last week, the government called in the industrial umpire to help with negotiations over the state's offer of a 2.2 per cent annual pay rise for tens of thousands of public servants, while the union complained about the lack of protection for employment security.



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