The purpose of this circular is to advise that on 4 June 1996 the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission (Schmidt J) made a new award, theCrown Employees (Wages Staff ) Rates of Pay Award.
The award increases rates of pay to wages staff covered by the awards and agreements listed in Schedule "E" by 10% with effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 1995. The award has a duration of 12 months.
The new rates of pay are set out in the attached schedules.
These rates of pay do not effect rates in enterprise agreements other than as set out below:
EFFECT OF SECTION 122 OF THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ACT 1991.
Section 122 of the Industrial Relations Act 1991 prescribes among other things that wages in enterprise agreements be not less than those contained in art award or former industrial instrument.
Departments are reminded that they should examine the question whether any adjustments to wages contained in enterprise agreements are necessary pursuant to section 122 of the Industrial Relations Act 1991.
Additionally some enterprise agreements contain provisions which allow for variations to rates of pay by mutual consent. Departments are also reminded that they should examine the wages provisions in enterprise agreements to verify, whether the award has any impact on the wages provisions.
As part of the negotiations with the Unions for the wage increase a framework was agreed for future negotiations, the framework items are:
It is intended that the award be varied during its life to take account of any changes agreed to by the parties. A working party representing Departments, Unions and coordinated by this Office has already been established to progress these items.
It is also agreed by the parties that where wages staff, or groups of wages staff have not received the 4% plus 3% by way of award or enterprise agreement their rates of pay should be adjusted by 4% from 1 January 1994, and 3% from 1 November 1994 by administrative action.
If you encounter any difficulties in implementing the requirements of this award please contact Jim Medd on telephone number 9228 3579, or Merrilyn Grey on telephone number 9228 3593.
R B Wilkins