Bargaining for your 2019 Enterprise Agreement has now concluded and some excellent outcomes have been achieved.
Once the documentation has been finalised and reviewed by the ASU and other members of the bargaining committee, there will be a seven day access period where all employees can review the proposed new EA document prior to the commencement of voting.
Given the positive bargaining outcomes it is proposed that the term of the agreement will be four years.
Some of the highlights from the ASU perspective are:
- The inclusion of Family Violence leave – 10 days paid leave.
- Personal Leave – Change to a no credit, no debit sick leave system. There will no longer a sick leave entitlement accrued and tracked each year. The evidentiary requirements for taking sick leave are unchanged. Sick leave is limited to six months per event requiring the leave. This change will cover staff with pre-existing conditions. A letter of comfort to be offered to employees who currently have in excess of 6 months personal leave, to advise them if they need more than 6 months for an event they will be covered by special leave to their current personal leave balance.
- Carers leave will be extended to 15 days per year, non-cumulative and will be a separate clause.
- The inclusion of a Purchased Leave scheme
- Annual pay increases – In the first year the 2.75% increase of salary and the one off 1.35% conversion of leave loading into the hourly rate the overall increase will be 4.1%.
Year two – the higher of 2.75% per annum or the rate of annual CPI
Year three – the higher of 2.5% or the rate of annual CPI plus 0.50% (Hobart March Quarter 2021), but not exceeding 4.0% per annum
Year four – the higher of 2.5% or the rate of annual CPI plus 0.50% (Hobart March Quarter 2022), but not exceeding 4.0% per annum
Council have agreed that the pay increase will apply from the first full pay period in July and will be back paid if required provided that the agreement is accepted when voted on by employees.
All other additional conditions contained the new agreement will apply once the agreement is accepted by the Fair Work Commission.
Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the document during the access period and please don’t hesitate to contact the ASU if you have any questions or concerns.
ASU Tasmanian Coordinator
For further information please contact:
ASU Tasmanian Coordinator Kath Ryman | 0429 004 237 | firstname.lastname@example.org