Bulletin 3 - Negotiations continue - issued 16 April 2021

I am pleased to report that negotiations are progressing with parties meeting on a weekly basis.

Over 120 claims have been received from unions to date. Negotiation involves the parties working through each claim, including the employer’s proposals, to understand the issues and identify any cost implications or savings for NT Government. The parties are working towards an enterprise agreement that, as a total package, contains employment terms and conditions acceptable to the employer and employees’ representatives. The result is a proposed enterprise agreement that all employees will have an opportunity to vote on.

It is usual during negotiations for parties to indicate their ‘in principle’ agreement to particular claims. ‘In principle’ agreement means the general terms of a claim, or an employer’s proposal, are supported without the complete details having been specified or necessarily agreed upon. ‘In principle’ agreement is subject to the totality (or all) of the enterprise agreement matters under negotiation being acceptable to the relevant party (e.g. employer).

At the meetings on 9 and 16 April 2021, my representatives advised unions, on a without prejudice basis that I agree ‘in principle’ to the following claims:

  • two days additional compassionate leave for immediate family or household member (noting also that I have proposed introducing three days paid leave on the death of a non-immediate family member or person related to the employee, e.g. aunt/uncle/niece/nephew/first cousin);
  • to retain the existing change management (consultation) provisions;
  • to retain the existing provisions regarding commitments to monitor workloads; and
  • a guarantee to return to work after parental leave on a part-time basis for a defined period.

The parties will continue to work constructively together over the coming months to finalise a proposed new agreement.

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

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
April 2021

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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