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Peace in our time – ACT PS pay dispute apparently over

By johnboy - 1 July 2010 23

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced an agreement on ACT Public Service Pay.

The in-principle agreement is based upon the Government’s final wage offer, providing for a 2.5% salary increase from 1 July 2010 and a common nominal expiry date of 30 June 2011 for the agreements. The Government has also offered a sign-on bonus of $650 for eligible employees.

“This in-principle undertaking offers a fair and financially responsible pay increase for ACT public servants and will result in more practical, productive and workable enterprise agreements for the benefit of both government and employees,” Mr Stanhope said.

The Government and bargainers have also reached agreement on a number of important changes and initiatives that will provide for a fairer and more effective workplace, both now and in the future. For example, the provision of clear, simplified processes for dealing with workplace behaviour in the ACTPS will allow for the quicker amelioration of workplace issues.

They’ve also agreed to a raft of conditions:

    — grandparental leave – up to 52 weeks unpaid;
    — maternity leave – increased from 14 to 18 weeks paid;
    — primary care giver leave – increased from 14 to 18 weeks paid;
    — volunteering leave – 3 days paid for voluntary community service and 4 days paid for voluntary emergency leave;
    — bonding leave – increased from 5 to 10 days paid; and
    — enhanced scope to access dispute resolution provisions.
    — bereavement leave – increased from 3 to 5 days paid per occasion;
    — the adjustment of allowances by the percentage increases in pay;
    — the removal of youth wage classifications;
    — increases in vacation childcare program payments;
    — the use of Time Off in Lieu for absences below 1 day; and
    — the inclusion of Family and Community Day in the public holidays clause.

One wonders when any work will get done.

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23 Responses to
Peace in our time – ACT PS pay dispute apparently over
georgesgenitals 1:10 pm 02 Jul 10

What happened to the days when you took some annual leave to help out your wife when the new bub came home?

54-11 12:37 pm 02 Jul 10

Bloody ‘ell. Does that apply to new pups and kittens as well?

LG 9:00 am 02 Jul 10

54-11 said :

What’s “bonding leave”?

Supporting partner (non-primary care giver) after the birth / adoption of a new child (eg dad gets 10 days off to spend time with mum and new bub).

JessP 8:08 am 02 Jul 10

Bonding leave is the leave for you to get used to the idea that the ACT overnment offered you a poor deal and your Union lost the will to keep on fighting for a better deal.

It is also the period of time you will use in the next 12 months looking for work outide the ACT government. In work time.

taninaus 6:59 am 02 Jul 10

54-11 said :

What’s “bonding leave”?

bonding with your new baby and helping out the new mum. That and the mat leave changes are great for those making babies.

a lot of fees are wage price index not cpi which makes it even worse – wage price index reflects the average wage increases across a number of industries (and I think includes some cpi measures as well) – it is seen as a better measure.

JB – you should have read some of the ambit claims for new awards in the 90’s they were hilarious – you truly could have legitimately never worked a day in your life taking all the leave, events and sick leave they proposed in those – undustrial relations was a fun game then.

bd84 9:30 pm 01 Jul 10

In-principle support with unions does not mean the collective agreements with ACTPS staff have been accepted as the 15+ agency agreements still have not been voted on by all staff. I would not be surprised if the agreements were not accepted when the collective agreement is voted on by all staff and non-union staff have their opportunity to vote.

sepi 9:07 pm 01 Jul 10

I thought bonding leave would be for parents of newly adopted children. But then what is ‘primary carer leave’?

Ko. 7:47 pm 01 Jul 10

Paternity Leave.

2620watcher 7:12 pm 01 Jul 10

54-11 said :

What’s “bonding leave”?

4 mates, esky, car, heading to the coast. Surely thats what they mean?

georgesgenitals 6:53 pm 01 Jul 10

54-11 said :

What’s “bonding leave”?

Evidence that the union has too much power.

54-11 5:41 pm 01 Jul 10

What’s “bonding leave”?

CanberraCreative 3:29 pm 01 Jul 10

Here’s hoping that declaration turns out better than it did for Neville Chamberlain.

Erg0 1:33 pm 01 Jul 10

dvaey said :

So, does this mean that theyll review all the new fee increases, where fees all increased by 3% as apparently thats the current CPI. If pay-rates are going up by 2.5% then apparently they think 3% is NOT the CPI.

Pretty sure all of that leave isn’t free.

georgesgenitals 1:20 pm 01 Jul 10

dvaey said :

So, does this mean that theyll review all the new fee increases, where fees all increased by 3% as apparently thats the current CPI. If pay-rates are going up by 2.5% then apparently they think 3% is NOT the CPI.

Why do salary increases need to be tied to CPI?

dvaey 1:09 pm 01 Jul 10

So, does this mean that theyll review all the new fee increases, where fees all increased by 3% as apparently thats the current CPI. If pay-rates are going up by 2.5% then apparently they think 3% is NOT the CPI.

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