Enterprise Agreement Department Of Human Services

Employees of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority also agreed this week to a new enterprise agreement. Nadine Flood, Secretary of State for KPdSU, said the DHS result was the government`s “categorical rejection of previous treaty proposals.” “DHS management finally understood that maintaining rights and conditions in the workplace was the key to the settlement, and as a result, the CPSU was not against this agreement.” Staff will receive a 3 per cent increase when the three-year contract comes into effect, with most current staffing rights maintained. “I encourage the parties still in negotiation to move forward pragmatically to conclude new agreements,” Lloyd said. “Agreements reached during the initial phase of the round of negotiations will expire by mid-2018. This means that the staff and agencies involved will consider negotiating the next enterprise agreement in the near future. “The department has negotiated in good faith over the past three years to conclude a new agreement and we are pleased that our staff voted to adopt the proposed agreement,” she said. “Of the 77.29% of voters who voted, 71.09% voted for the agreement.” “This new agreement is much better than the one that was rejected before, although it still falls short of what the hard-working employees of Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support earn, especially since there is no compensation without a pay increase for more than four years.” The agreement ends a series of rolling strikes by DHS staff, but the government is not yet in favor of an enterprise agreement with agencies, including the Bureau of Meteorology and federal courts. Department of Human Services employees this week ended their more than three-year-old collective dispute, in which 70 percent voted in favor of a new agreement. Mr Lloyd said 123 new agreements had been reached in the current round of negotiations, while only 2.6% of Australian officials were in negotiations. A spokeswoman said the department would commit to the agreement being approved by the Fair Work Commission. The Community and the public sector union welcomed this progress and called it the end of a long-standing struggle to protect rights and critical conditions in the workplace. In November 2016, 74% of workers voted `no`, after a `no` vote of 79% in February and a `no` vote of 87 per cent in September 2015.

John Lloyd, yours for the public service, says that employees of the federal government`s largest authority should ask the public sector union why its recent pay increase has been so long. Tom McIlroy talks about the Federal Press Gallery in Parliament. In 18 months, the agreement will see a 6% increase in wages. Nadine Flood, national secretary of the KPdSU, welcomed the breakthrough. Credit: Jamila Toderas “Workers would be right to ask the union to explain why they waited so long to increase their wages.” “Lately, the union seems to have resigned and run a neutral campaign in DHS,” Lloyd said. “Ultimately, staff recognized the progress of the negotiations in recent months, when DHS leaders finally realized that rights and conditions were at the heart of the issue, particularly family rights, which allowed people to reconcile work with other obligations such as dropping out of school or day care.” The massive workforce, which includes Centrelink, the children`s support agency and Medicare, voted 71 percent in favour of the deal – the fourth time workers voted in the current round of negotiations. However, Mr. Lloyd stated that the union`s tactics had not been constructive most of the time.

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