Thousands of Northern Territory public servants are threatening strike action unless their latest pay offer is raised above the inflation rate.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is today applying to Fair Work Australia to hold a ballot to take protected industrial action.

Regional secretary Kay Densley says award negotiations with the government have broken down.

She says the Commissioner for Public Employment has made some concessions in the latest pay offer but it is below the predicted Territory inflation rate of 3.9 per cent for this financial year

But the commissioner, Ken Simpson, says the underlying inflation rate is 3.1 per cent and the government is offering a 3 per cent pay rise for each of the next four years.

Ms Densley says public servants are also worried about award conditions that would make it faster and easier to sack staff and outsource services.

"We are applying for stoppages of different time lengths; one hour up to 24 hours," she said.

"We are also applying for things such as overtime bans."

Mr Simpson says he hopes a deal can still be struck with the union.

"We think, in the current economic climate and the financial position the government finds itself in, that the 3 per cent is a fair offer," he said.

"I'd also make the point that it is significantly higher than wage outcomes for public sectors in other jurisdictions."

 

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