Bulletin 4 - negotiations update - issued 25 May 2021

Negotiations are on schedule and we remain focused on job certainty and more benefits for employees such as leave entitlements and support for flexible work.

I acknowledge the union, bargaining representatives and employees may have been expecting proposals for salary increases from the employer, as per previous agreements. However, to support the NT Government’s budget reform agenda and to support job certainty for employees, I am proposing:

  • $4,000 over 4 years (plus employer superannuation guarantee)
  • more benefits to employees to support work life balance and employees with caring responsibilities (eg. a range of new leave options, including paid leave).

On a without prejudice basis and subject to drafting clauses, parties have given ‘in-principle’ agreement on a range of matters since my last bulletin issued on 16 April 2021. These include:

  • 3 days paid compassionate leave on the death of an employee’s extended family member (eg. aunt, uncle, niece or nephew)
  • paid leave to attend pre-natal appointments
  • gender transition leave (paid and unpaid)
  • paid leave for pre-adoption interviews or foster/kinship carer’s permanent care order interviews (currently unpaid)
  • more paid leave for cancer screening and extend entitlement to include mental health screening
  • introducing a minimum engagement payment for casual employees
  • Introducing a support and wellbeing entitlement for employees to access professional and confidential counselling services.

Other areas where parties have found common ground and are continuing discussions include:

  • paid leave to attend NAIDOC week activities
  • casual and fixed period employment including increase the casual loading to 25%
  • conditions for veterans (eg. war service leave)
  • infectious diseases leave
  • including leave related by-law and determination entitlements in the enterprise agreement.

The parties will continue to meet and negotiate on the above provisions and other proposals.

I hope to provide you with a final proposal for consideration in the coming weeks. My representatives and I are working to provide enhanced conditions and pay the first $1,000 lump sum as soon as possible.

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
25 May 2021

Last updated: 04 May 2022

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