Workplace Report –
Record the views of your workplace and forward
to your Union.
We need to hear how Union members What are your views?
respond to the offer the Government has put Is this issue important to you?
on the table. Get your workplace to consider Are you willing to fight to win this?
the response and record their views here.
Your claim was for 18% or $135/week over the three years of the
Agreement to be paid by way of a single increase from 1 August each year
starting from 1 August 2003.
The Government have offered 7.5% over three years from 1 January
2004. Given that the last Agreement expired on 31 July 2003 this is an
increase of 7.5% over 41 months or just 2.2% per annum. They intend to
make payments in January and July of each year, which will mean that
increases would average only 1.25% each.
Your claim was to increase superannuation of employees who do not
enjoy access to the RBF Contributory Scheme from the legislative
minimum of 9% up to 13% with a matching employee contribution.
The Government have rejected this proposal.
Information Technology. Information Technology.
Your claim sought to ensure all employees had access to a computer,
email and the Internet. We also asked for union websites to be linked to
Agency intranet pages and for transparent guidelines to be developed on
rights and responsibilities.
The Government have refused to ensure all employees have access to
computer technology. They have agreed to link union websites to Agency
intranets ‘if this is technically possible’ and they intend to undertake a
review of email and Internet usage.
Security of Employment. Security of Employment.
Your claim sought to reduce the reliance on fixed term employment by
restricting the conditions under which fixed term employment can be
utilised and by converting fixed term employees to permanent after 12
months service. Your claim also sought a 20% loading for fixed term
employees to discourage use.
The Government have rejected all moves to reduce reliance on fixed term
employment. Despite the State Service Act making is clear that
permanent employment is the normal form of employment the
Government is unwilling to consider strong measured to address the
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Work Overload and Work Intensification. Work Overload and
Your claim included a range of measures to begin to address the problem Work Intensification.
of work overload and work intensification. These measures included the
provision of relief staff to cover employees on leave, a commitment to
filling vacancies within 3 months, an assessment of establishment to
ensure there are enough staff employed to get the job done and
procedures to ensure working hours are monitored and additional
resources provided if the work can’t be done in the hours.
The Govt responded by stating they do not accept there is a workload
problem or that workloads have increased. In response to the ideas put
forward by union members they stated that ‘they were not going to be
shackled by these clauses – management were responsible for
managing’. They rejected all ideas on work overload and made no
Career and Professional
Career and Professional Development.
Your claim sought to ensure every employee had a right to a career path,
career development, equitable access to training and improved access to
professional development and study leave.
The Government have agreed in principle that employees should receive
regular feedback on their performance but ‘to the extent that the union
claim goes any further than current arrangements’ they reject them.
Your claim sought to overhaul a number of allowances to reflect modern
work practices. These included ensuring that call back, standby and
availability allowances realistically compensated for the inconvenience
incurred, increasing travel and meal allowances to recognise the
significant increase in accommodation and meal costs and changing
higher duties allowance so that employees are paid the allowance if they
act in higher duties.
The Government have rejected all these changes. They seem to believe
that 80.7 cents per hour is reasonable compensation for being available
and dealing with complex issues by telephone. They do not accept that
accommodation and meal allowances are below reasonable costs and
they are unwilling to change higher duties allowance provisions to make
sure employees are paid the allowance when they act in higher duties.
What is your workplace willing to do to support the claim? Allowances.
If the Government is not willing to offer employees decent wages or to deal with the serious problems
affecting the State Sector, union members must consider what actions they are willing to take to change
Indicate the types of action/s your workplace is willing to participate in: (circle the number)
1. Ban on out of hours work 2. Refusing to be available or on standby
3. Refusing to act in higher duties 4. Banning work if relief is not provided
5. Banning work where vacancies exist 6 Other – please specify: