Bulletin 23 - Jacana Energy enterprise agreement negotiations - issued 13 May 2022

Negotiations update

In my last update on 11 April 2022, I advised that we agreed to convene a meeting with the CPSU, delegates and bargaining representatives to discuss the process of the proposed Performance Development Plan (PDP) framework. I am pleased to advise that this meeting took place on 12 April 2022 and has resulted in further improvements.

Health and safety breaks were also raised with me, particularly for employees working in the call centre. I can advise that the CEO will facilitate an information session with managers and employees, to provide guidance on ensuring that all employees receive health and safety breaks in accordance with the enterprise agreement.

Further improvements

Following a meeting with the Union and bargaining representatives on 12 May 2022, I’m pleased to advise of further improvements which have been offered:

  • The overall rating score needed to be eligible for pay progression or top of JL bonus payment has been reduced from 2.6 or above to 2.5 or above. This improvement acknowledges that employees may be meeting expectations in some areas whilst continuing to build performance in areas of development.
  • The Performance Development clause in the proposed agreement has been enhanced to include a review mechanism. Jacana Energy agree to conduct a joint review of the Performance Development Plan (PDP) Framework. The review will be completed by 1 June 2023 in time for the application of any agreed changes to be incorporated prior to the next annual assessment.
  • The bonus payment for employees who would only be eligible to move half a point when transitioning to the new structure has been increased to 60% from 50%.
  • The expiry date of the new Agreement will be changed to 10 August to align with the NTPS General Enterprise Agreement.

Summary

More money on offer - $10,000 over 4 years

  • $4,000 lump sum payment and
  • $2,000 lump sum payment payable 12 months after the expiry of the previous agreement and annually during the term of the agreement.

Employer superannuation is also payable on the lump sum amounts (excluding defined benefits schemes).

The lump sum payments are in addition to the incremental and top of band bonus payments available under the Performance Development Plan (PDP) framework.

All of the improvements and conditions previously offered remain, including the 3 days off for Christmas Closedown.. This is a great offer for all employees which significantly advantages lower paid workers. The proposed agreement is one of the most family supportive public sector agreements in the nation and will provide employees with greater certainty regarding employment conditions during the next 4 years.

EBA offer summary

Read the full details of my improved offer DOCX (63.3 KB).

Next steps

Having made further improvements to the Performance Development Plan (PDP) framework, I would like employees to have a say by voting on the enterprise agreement.

A further bulletin will be sent in the coming days advising of the ballot timetable. If the majority of employees who vote, vote yes, the first $4,000 lump sum payment will be made in June 2022.

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 are available on the OCPE Webpage at the following link Jacana Energy - Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment.

Vicki Telfer PSM

Commissioner for Public Employment
13 May 2022


Last updated: 16 May 2022

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