Trevor Veale

MY SAY: It’s raining BoM requests for raise

THE Bureau of Meteorology, or BoM, has dropped a bombshell, threatening industrial action over stalled wage negotiations.

Apparently the poor souls haven't had a pay increase since 2013 and are going to consider some type of reprisal.

They are deciding on how they are going to punish us and the government.

I had to laugh when I read they are threatening to not answer the phones, emails or respond to media enquiries on non-emergency situations.

The phones and emails thing could be a mistake as it seems most government departments have already applied this tactic in day-to-day operations, so it would be hard to tell the difference.

They are also considering reading protest messages out during broadcasts.

Imagine that: "There is a tropical cyclone about to hit ... but before we tell you more, do you know I haven't had a pay rise since 2013 and if I don't get one immediately I am not going to tell your where Cyclone Tony is going to make landfall".

I don't think people will really care whether Bill from the weather bureau gets a pay rise or not. Particularly the brides trying to organise an outdoor wedding and get something solid on the weather, rather than someone sitting in an office throwing darts at a board with 50 ways of telling people something they really haven't got a clue about.

Their other cunning tactic is to stop preparing media releases for politicians and their departments.

Fair dinkum, are they for real? Most of those blokes in Canberra could look into a camera and tell you it was snowing in Arnhem Land and look like they meant it.

So fudging weather briefings would be no issue.

The other problem they have is that there are 11 other federal agencies lodging industrial action and, apart from the tax office, there are far more worthy recipients of a pay rise.

That includes the Department of Defence and the Department of Criminology.

Why?

Because they both have access to weapons.

I know who I would be giving a pay rise to - the bloke driving the tank or the one holding the Glock, not the one with his hand on the rain gauge.



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