Executives say there is „no downside“ to their offer of a 4.5 percent pay raise over three years and want to bring their proposal to a vote for all employees within a month. The department did not respond to requests for comment until Tuesday`s deadline, but one of its assistant secretaries, Luke Williams, participated in a vibrant effort to sell the proposal, with an enthusiastic pitch to employees last month. „Based on these reforms, DFAT staff will continue to have the highest annual leave entitlement in the entire GSP, with 22 days of rest and 20 days of personal leave.“ The union argues that the protection of workers expected to provide below-average benefits as well as the legally enforceable right to some of DFAT`s lucrative benefits are withdrawn. . . .