Bulletin 4 - Negotiations update - Issued 16 September 2021

The parties continue to meet on a weekly basis and have now discussed each of the claims and proposals put forward by the parties.  The parties will continue to work through any outstanding matters that are still being considered or that may be subject to new or amended clauses being drafted.

I am pleased to report that further improvements to existing conditions have been agreed ‘in principle’, on a without prejudice basis and subject to drafting clauses including:

  • compassionate leave (3 days) where employee or their partner experiences miscarriage
  • more paid leave for cancer screening and extend entitlement to include mental health screening
  • domestic and family violence provisions to include sexual violence

I have also listened to concerns from the union and we have agreed to the introduction of a 13 month annual leave roster and to amend the meal allowance breakfast period to 0600 to 0700.

Based on progress to date, I am hopeful that I will be in a position to consider the new enterprise agreement as a ‘total package’ so I can present a formal offer to employees no later than 6 November 2021.

The above improvements build on my other proposals for the proposed new NTPS Fire and Rescue Service Enterprise Agreement, including:

  • $4000 over four years (plus superannuation guarantee - not applicable for NTGPASS and CSS members).
  • more benefits for flexible work
  • 3 days paid compassionate leave on the death of an extended family member
  • paid leave to attend NAIDOC week activities

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Let’s stick together, keep job certainty and keep working for Territorians.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or make a suggestion, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted to the OCPE webpage dedicated to NTPS Fire and Rescue Service Enterprise Agreement Negotiations.

Information on bargaining in general can be obtained at www.fwc.gov.au or you can contact the Fair Work Commission information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
September 2021

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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