Bulletin 8 - Improved offer by the Commissioner for Public Employment - issued 24 September 2021
As reported in my previous bulletin, I made an offer to settle the General enterprise agreement negotiations on 20 August 2021.
After carefully considering the feedback provided by unions, the self-nominated bargaining representative as well as feedback provided directly by employees, I am pleased to advise that today (24 September 2021) I made improvements to my initial offer.
I am offering further significant improvements to terms and conditions of service for employees in a genuine attempt to settle negotiations and finalise bargaining.
The table below is a summary of key improvements. Read the full details and the improved offer.
Summary of the improvements
Employee rights and entitlements
|New paid leave entitlement Christmas Closedown|
Further improvements to leave provisions
Excess Travel Time
Flexible Work arrangements
Commitments to review
Other changes to my improved offer
My improved offer also provides a range of other improvements to conditions such as dispute settlement procedures, lump sum payment provisions (for casuals and employees on leave without pay) and safe and healthy work environments, as set out in the attached information sheet.
As a number of the improvements above have cost implications it was necessary to review my initial offer to identify some offsets. My initial offer is amended as follows:
- modify paid Health Screening Leave to provide 1 hour (not 2) per year (noting this amendment is still double the existing entitlement which is 1 hour every 2 years for cancer screening); and
- withdrawal of the Transition to Retirement proposal (2 hours/year leave). Employees may still utilise flextime, TOIL or other leave for this purpose.
The additional improvements will see the Agreement as one of the most family supportive public sector agreements in the nation and will provide employees with greater certainty regarding employment conditions for the next 4 years.
I have asked the parties to provide me with feedback on the improved offer by 1 October 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular bargaining updates will be posted to the OCPE webpage at Enterprise agreement negotiations – General NTPS
Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
24 September 2021
Last updated: 04 May 2022
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