Sometimes bargaining for a new EA can drag on for months, and in some cases, years. Anglicare Tasmania Inc. is one prime example, but the results at the end of the process have been quite good.
Anglicare has agreed to some sector-leading changes to their conditions. In addition to significant increases in the provisions, Anglicare agreed to ensure that there were no reductions in conditions or entitlements through the bargaining process.
Some of the positive changes to the current Collective Agreement include:
- 12 weeks Paid Parental Leave.
- 20 days Family Violence Leave.
- Wage increases based on the minimum wage increase or the Hobart CPI, whichever is higher.
- All allowances to increase annually.
- Consultation provisions improved.
- Compassionate leave provisions improved.
- Minimum Engagement provisions improved.
These results show that, sometimes, good things take time to negotiate.
If you’re stuck in the middle of bargaining, after protracted negotiations, there is light at the end of the tunnel with other employers agreeing to sensible improvements and moving things along.