Bulletin 3 - negotiations continue - issued 9 August 2021

I am pleased to report that negotiations with the Australian Education Union NT are continuing, 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’ is subject to the totality (or all) of the enterprise agreement matters under negotiation being acceptable to the relevant party (eg. employer).

As at the meeting of 4 August 2021, my representatives have advised unions, on a without prejudice basis that I agree ‘in principle’ to the following claims:

  • Incorporate, as appropriate, agreed outcomes from negotiations of the general NTPS enterprise agreement.
  • Allow greater flexibility to allow assistant teachers to progress through the incremental scale based on experience.
  • A new framework for managing ongoing employment of classroom teachers.
  • Examine a process for probation better aligned with the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 1993 and requirements of the Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory.

Lump sum payments and more benefits

I acknowledge that unions 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:

  • $4000 over 4 years (plus employer superannuation guarantee) - employer superannuation guarantee is applicable to the lump sum payment. Due to the rules of the defined benefit schemes, employer superannuation guarantee is not applicable to the lump sum paid to NTGPASS and CSS members.
  • More benefits to employees to support work life balance and employees with caring responsibilities (eg. a range of new leave options including paid leave).
  • Inclusion of defence service leave, miscellaneous leave and leave without pay provisions into the agreement.

Further details of my proposals are outlined in bulletin 2.

The parties will continue to work constructively 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.

More information

Regular bargaining updates will be posted on the OCPE website.

Vicki Telfer PSM
Commissioner for Public Employment
August 2021

Last updated: 16 September 2022

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