Enterprise agreements can cover a number of areas such as wage rates, flexible working arrangements, paid maternity and adoption leave and specific working conditions, as well as consultation requirements for changes and reforms. Enterprise bargaining is the process used to negotiate industrial contracts with public sector employees and workers` organizations. The deal follows an agreement reached last month with the smaller Comsuper agency, whose staff agreed to a one-time increase of 2.6 percent over three years. However, most federal public servants remain trapped in negotiations after their wage agreements expired a year ago. Many have not yet had the opportunity to vote on an agreement. Business agreements aim to facilitate flexibility, efficiency and productivity in the public sector. The Department of Finance is now the first department to approve a wage deal under the Abbott government, which has introduced strict rules for negotiations to limit public servants` salaries. "We have seen before some agencies revoke agreements, when most public services consider business to be better and fairer." About two-thirds of the department`s 823 voters voted this week and 58% voted in favor of the proposed enterprise agreement. Certified agreements provide for negotiated terms of employment between an employer and the public sector unions concerned on behalf of workers. The Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020 was officially approved by the Fair Labour Commission on October 2, 2020 and began its work on October 9, 2020. Senator Abetz called on the CPSU to "stop being between public servants and responsible and affordable wage increases in the current low inflation environment." Finance officials are now receiving wage increases of 4.5 per cent over three years: an immediate increase of 2.5 per cent, followed by a 1 per cent increase in July 2016 and 2017.

The adoption of changing priorities is essential to creating a safe and flexible employment environment in the public service. The parties recognized the importance of ensuring that employees could be used reactively to support government priorities. Queensland`s employment standards are a series of nine minimum employment requirements that are guaranteed by law for workers in the national labour relations system. Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020 (PDF, 6.33 MB) Employees receive a mobility payment to be paid as an annual package, in recognition of their ongoing commitment to these new ways of working. Labor Minister Eric Abetz welcomed the finance ministry`s wage agreement. Credit: Alex Ellinghausen However, the government union says the result does not reflect the mood elsewhere in the bureaucracy. He said inflation was 1.3 per cent for the year up to March 2015, while the latest data from the Statistical Office showed that the cost of living for workers was only rising by 0.2 per cent per year. It is assumed that only one in 20 public servants is a member of the CpSU.

Employees of Australia`s tiny Office of Financial Management, which is in the treasury portfolio, also agreed to a similar deal this week. Senator Abetz thanked "the overwhelming majority of public servants who continue to provide services to the public during the recent trade union actions of the CPSU." Employees of the federal Department of Finance voted against their union`s advice to accept a wage increase that is likely to be below inflation. The CPSU had told Ministry of Finance employees that they "deserved a better offer than what is currently on the table, especially given the staff reductions in 2014."

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