ASU delegates and officials attended a bargaining meeting with Ministerial & Parliamentary Services (MaPS) representatives last Friday, 16 April 2021. The Department did not – as promised – prepare a revised Enterprise Agreement and remuneration offer for discussion at the meeting.
No reasons were forthcoming from the Department as to the cause of the delay.
The ASU was equally disappointed to learn that the Department may have also failed to lodge a revised EA and remuneration offer with the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) or with the relevant Minister, as would have been expected.
Members have again been greatly disadvantaged by a Department that continues to delay bargaining.
With no promise of compensation, members will be waiting another month to hear more at the next bargaining meeting scheduled for 14 May 2021.
Wage theft update
Due to the issue of underpayment of EOA-01 and EOA-02 Electorate Officer classifications reported last week, the ASU raised further concerns at the bargaining meeting.
If the department does not act now, it is very likely that underpayments could be built into a new MOPS EA. This is especially true because the Department has not revised their current wage increase proposal based on the APSC ‘No Floor’ policy and WPI.
The Department’s estimate of maximum lost wages suffered by EOA-01s and EOA-02s during the last 4 years as a result of this debacle could be as high as $3,000 – $4,000 per individual staffer.
The Department has promised to work together with KPMG to investigate the underpayments, at additional costs to taxpayers, to ensure that all underpayments/lost wages are paid out to all affected current and former Electoral Staff before the end of the current financial year.
For more information please contact Aaron De La Torre, ASU Tasmanian Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.