Breaking down that $1000:
How much would you really take home
from senior management's sign-on incentive?
We ran the numbers using current Curtin pay scales and taxation tables and based this exercise on a 1.0FTE and a 0.6 FTE Curtin staff member at G05.4.
They would earn $79,393pa or $47,636pa pro rata.
Check out the results:
At 1.0 FTE:
For a normal fortnight the tax paid is $684.00.
For the fortnight including the $1,000 lump sum, the tax paid will be $1,030 meaning $346 (34.6%) of the "bonus" will be taken in tax.
At 0.6 FTE:
For a normal fortnight the tax paid is $264.
For the fortnight including the $600 lump sum, the tax paid will be $472 meaning $208 (34.6%) will be taken in tax.
If you're a casual...
...umm...we really think you should Vote NO!
Instead of including a fair pay increase in their offer available to ALL staff, senior management has offered a one-off payment which will do nothing to address the skyrocketing cost of living in any long-term or sustainable way.
Only a real increase to your wages will.
It's time to talk about casuals...
Despite "insecure work" being identified by Curtin staff as one of the most important issues to them, there is very little in this offer that will reassure casual staff that their concerns are being prioritised by senior management.
Senior management are not putting sufficient emphasis on the needs of casuals and those employed in insecure work:
Scheduling this ballot at a time when most casuals would be ineligible to vote.
Making an offer that contains little to address the bulk of issues around casuals' insecure work in any real way.
Excluding our most vulnerable staff members from receiving the $1000 "bogus bonus" - if senior management is handing out cash, why not to the members of our community that might need it the most?
Remember these points and VOTE NO!
We need to get back to bargaining to ensure casuals and others in insecure work receive the remuneration, respect and consideration that they deserve.