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Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement Update
IT WAS a huge day of negotiations yesterday. While there’s still plenty to get through the parties were able to reach in-principle agreement on a number of issues and these were added to the ‘final package’ pile. The working groups on Workplace Health & Safety, Consultation and Conditions all met. There were productive discussions on facilitating return to work and the employer is collating policies in the area from each of the Agencies. It was agreed the focus of the Work Health & Safety working group would be on reducing the length of absences and therefore the average cost. Unions and the employer put forward guidelines on consultations and these are being combined into a ‘best practice’ guide.
More working group meetings are scheduled for next week and the next Central Negotiating Team meeting on 10 September will be an opportunity to review progress on each element of the claim.