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PSUWA Agreement Negotiations 2018 (PSUWA)

Negotiations commenced – Unions claims received

Public Sector Union Wages Agreement 2018 (PSUWA)

The Public Sector Union Wages Agreement 2018 (PSUWA) covers the majority of Tasmanian State Service administrative employees and health service officers across all State Service Agencies.

The negotiation team for PSUWA 2018 is:

Employer Representatives

Director SSMO (Lead)

Deputy Director SSMO & Workplace Relations Consultants SSMO

Agency Representatives from DPFEM, DCT, DOH, DoE

Union representative and delegates

Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU)

Health Services Union, Tasmania Branch (HSU)

Australian Education Union (AEU)

United Voice (UV)

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

Negotiations commenced – 5 July 2018

Meeting - 5 July 2018

The first meeting was held on 5 July 2018.

At the initial meeting the parties discussed how the bargaining process would proceed, the timetable for meetings and the employer sought clarification on the union claims.    The Employer agreed to examine and cost a number of the claims relating to individual Agencies.

Further the draft schedule of claims was developed to group the claims into a number of common themes including:

·        Wages

·        Modernisation of Conditions

·        Streamlined Practices and Procedures

·        Agility and Mobility

·        Flexibility

·        Structure

·        Culture of Learning

·        Leave

Meeting – 24 July 2018

The second meeting was held on 24 July 2018.  The claims were discussed in further detail.    The representatives agreed to further costs claims and assess implications and report back to future meetings.

It was proposed that a range of the claims involving matters relating to employment policy and guidelines should be addressed separately as a part of a joint union employer consultative arrangement.

Further issues were also identified from the PSUWA 2016 process that were not finalised and these were added to the Schedule to be discussed during these negotiations.

Next meeting is scheduled for 2 August 2018 and it is anticipated that this meeting will primarily concentrate on career path development matters under the theme of Culture of Learning.

During this time the claims with continue to be assessed, costed and considered.

Fortnightly meetings will continue thereafter.

Meeting – 2 August 2018

The third meeting was held on 2 August 2018.

The claims were further discussed and updated responses and current status of the claims provided to the unions from the employer.   Work will continue on the costings of the claims and other work to analyse the claims.

The CPSU presented a paper on “Unlocking Public Sector Skills” – which examines the CPSU perspective on improvements involving recruitment, appointment, fixed-term and career pathways and progression.    These issues are being considered and a combined Agency/union working group will be formed to consider the scope, timing and expectations of progressing the wide-range of issues presented.

The Government Bargaining Position: 2018 – 2020 was provided outlining the negotiating parameters for the PSUWA Agreement.

Next meeting is scheduled for 16 August 2018.

Meeting - 16 August 2018

The fourth meeting was held on 16 August 2018.

The updated status of the claims document was circulated and discussed.  The government bargaining parameters and position were confirmed.

Further costs to continue in regard to the union claims and Agencies are being consulted on the implications for their workforces.

The parties have agreed to deal with a range of the claims associated with recruitment, selection, central recruitment for common occupations, trials of career progression for identified entry-level jobs, appropriate application of fixed term employment through a joint working party of union and employer representatives.

This working group will report back to their PSUWA negotiation delegates.

The next meeting scheduled for 30 August 2018 will be focused on the establishment and scoping of the parameters of the working group.