This Circular advises Chief Executives on progress under the Framework to the Crown Employees (Public Sector Salaries August 1995) Award.
You may be aware that consultation and participation is taking place through focus groups and other forums on all aspects of the Framework Documents.
Enterprise Bargaining at the Organisation Level
The focus of enterprise bargaining is on local conditions and arrangements.
Most organisations have identified at least two areas to progress through enterprise bargaining with the Public Service Association/Professional Officers Association. The major areas identified are:
Where outcomes have been achieved they have been implemented by administrative action and, where necessary, reflected in new industrial instruments. For instance:
Classification and Grading
Competency Based Training
The parties are undertaking joint projects on these matters.
The negotiation parameters for the classification and grading project are briefly summarised as follows:
The classification and grading project is seen to be closely linked with the issue of pay equity. Guidelines on pay equity are being prepared for organisations on this important issue. A number of case studies on the value of. single classification structures and measures to address occupational inequities are underway.
Conditions of Employment
Extended Hours of Service
Trade Union Activities and Employee Consultation
Flexible Work Arrangements
Customer and Client Service
The parties have advised the NSW Industrial Relations Commission of their intention to make a Crown Employees Conditions of Employment Award.
As a first step, Draft Award modules are being prepared on hours of duty, trade union activities, leave, allowances, overtime and shiftwork. The modules are being developed to provide a consolidated and up to date system of Award coverage on conditions of employment which provide for flexibility of implementation at the organisation level.
The module on trade union activities reflects the Government's position on Paid Trade Union Leave as announced by the Acting Minister for Industrial Relations on 14 July 1995 (see PEO Circular No. 95-16). Guidelines to strengthen consultative arrangements at the organisation level are currently being prepared.
The Flexible Work Practices Policy and Guidelines was issued in October 1995. A significant number of organisations have identified the potential for achieving business outcomes through greater flexibility in working arrangements. Implementation action is underway.
Performance & Conduct
A draft policy and guidelines has been prepared on the Management of Unsatisfactory Performance. The ain't is to achieve a performance culture in the NSW public service which is supported by the early identification of barriers to individual performance and the development of agreed courses of action to resolve the difficulties.
Assistance to Displaced Employees
A new policy on Managing Displaced Employees was developed by the parties and issued in February 1996. It embodies the Government's emphasis on redeployment of employees affected by restructures and other administrative priorities. Voluntary redundancy is available in those circumstances where redeployment in a reasonable period of time is not considered to be practicable.
Any enquiries may be directed to Ian Peters on (02) 9228 3530 or Wendy Barrett on (02) 9228 3568.