Bulletin 3 - negotiations continue - issued 16 April 2021

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

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 agreements are subject to the totality (or all) of the enterprise agreement matters under negotiation being acceptable to the relevant party (eg. employer).

At the meeting on 13 April 2021, my representatives advised unions, on a without prejudice basis that I agree ‘in principle’ to the following claims:

  • personal leave - increase to 5 days without a medical certificate (from three);
  • Christmas closedown – allow employees to seek alternate meaningful work within Jacana Energy if they do not have any leave available or access to time off in lieu/flextime – noting that employees should be encouraged to participate in closedown;
  • introduce defence service leave into the enterprise agreement; and
  • compassionate leave – 2 days additional compassionate leave for immediate family or household member (currently 2 additional days are available subject to CEO approval).

In addition, it was noted that I have also proposed introducing 3 days paid compassionate leave on the death of a non-immediate family member or person related to the employee, eg. aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

The $1,000 lump sum payment and consumer price index (CPI)

Employees have provided feedback to me on the $1,000 annual lump sum payment not aligning with Darwin CPI.

The graph below provides a comparison of the percentage increases to Jacana Energy base salaries and the percentage increase to the Darwin CPI. This graph shows that since 2014, Jacana Energy salaries have increased by 13.9 percentage points more than the cumulative increases in the CPI over the same period.

Graph Bulletin 3

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
16 April 2021

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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