The ASU and Tasman Council have now concluded bargaining on a new Enterprise Agreement for Tasman Council employees, having reached an in-principle agreement.

Employees will soon be asked to vote on the proposed new EA, which will see increases in pay, conditions, and superannuation for members over the life of the agreement.

A summary of the major outcomes of the negotiations are as follows:

  • Pay increase of 3% for the first year then 2.5% or CPI (whichever is the greater) for years 2 and 3 with the first pay rise backdated to 1 July 2021
  • Superannuation will remain at the current rate for the first year (12%) and increase to 14% over the life of the agreement
  • The inclusion of a single payroll line for level one allowance to be paid automatically for staff entitled to be paid
  • Objectionable Conditions allowances to increase with CPI for each year of the agreement
  • Superannuation to be paid on worker’s compensation
  • Increased on-call rate for Saturday, Sunday and $50 per day
  • Inclusion of a Pandemic Leave clause
  • Increased Family and Domestic Violence Leave to 20 days
  • Expansion of the definition of immediate family

What happens next?

Council is currently preparing a final draft for perusal by the ASU and delegates.

Once the document is scrutinised and is deemed acceptable, only ASU members will vote to either accept or reject the proposed agreement.

If endorsed by ASU members, only then will Council organise an all-staff vote. If endorsed by a majority of eligible voters, the agreement will be sent to the Fair Work Commission for certification.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact ASU Organiser Ken Richardson on 0493 045 656 or

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