Bulletin 4 - Progress of negotiation - issued 1 November 2022

Since I last wrote to you there has been a change in the Northern Territory Government’s wages policy. This has implications for the negotiations with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the bargaining representatives for a new enterprise agreement.

The big change is that the decision to freeze salaries through the mechanism of lump sum payments has been replaced by offers to increase salaries by 2% per annum.

At the last bargaining meeting on 27 October 2022, I committed to the following:

  • back dating any agreed pay rise to the nominal expiry date of the current agreement (which is 20 August 2022)
  • a 3-year agreement with an option to renew for a further year
  • considering the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF-NT) claim for an additional increment for all nursing and midwifery classifications
  • including a clause in the agreement to review, in conjunction with the ANMF-NT, the operation of the business planning framework as a response to your claim for nurse/midwife to patient ratios
  • considering a claim re the counting of babies in maternity wards
  • including a clause in the enterprise agreement that provides for programmed days off, in line with existing practice
  • considering the inclusion of a clause setting out the rules and underpinning assumptions re excess travel provisions into the new agreement
  • considering the claim for 10 minutes at the start and end of shifts an employee performs a role that requires changing into specific clothes that are necessary to perform work - such as theatre - the Employer will ensure there are local arrangements providing that this occurs during the shift.

These are in addition to the other matters for which I have reached in-principle agreement with the ANMF-NT and bargaining representative, which I outlined in Bulletin 3 in August.

Next steps

The parties will continue to have productive discussions to ensure that nurses and midwives continue to enjoy competitive terms and conditions of employment in the Territory.

Have your say – your feedback is important

Should you wish to express a view on the proposals or have feedback, you can provide your feedback to me by emailing enquiries.ocpe@nt.gov.au

More information

Regular updates in relation to the bargaining process will be posted to the OCPE Webpage dedicated to Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement Negotiations.

Information on bargaining in general can be obtained at www.fwc.gov.au or you can contact the Fair Work Commission information line on 1300 799 675.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
1 November 2022

Last updated: 01 November 2022

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