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2019 Wage & Agreement Offers

We have received offers from the Hodgman government for the following Agreements:

  • Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement
  • Allied Health Professionals Agreement
  • Radiation Therapists Agreement
  • Ministerial Drivers Agreement
  • Legal Practitioners Agreement

 

Wages

The offers include wage increases of:

  • 2.3% from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 December 2019; and
  • 2.3% from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 December 2020; and
  • 2.35% from the first full pay period commencing on or after 1 December 2021.

PSUWA Offer Received from Government 

  1. Conversion of fixed term employees to permanent – Agency Review

    Agencies will review the employment status of all fixed term employees in occupations where fixed term employment is high and if they meet the following criteria, they will be converted to permanent. This will be completed within 12 months.
    Criteria – employed continuously for 24 months performing the same of similar duties, on three or more contracts and there is an ongoing requirement for those duties, or similar duties to be performed.
    Occupations
    Teacher assistants – Education
    Allied Health Professions – All Agencies
    Health Service Officers – Health
    Service Tasmania Client and Customer Service Officers – DPAC
    Library Service Officers and Customer Service Officers – Education
    All occupations – DPIPWE
  2. Promotion without advertising – Permanent employees assigned fixed term duties
    Employment Direction No. 1 will be amended so that permanent employees assigned fixed term duties for a continuous period of 36 months can be permanently appointed to those duties without the role being advertised if:
    1. The employee was assigned the duties following a merit based process;
    2. There is an ongoing need for those duties or similar duties;
    3. There have been 3 or more fixed term contracts performing these duties; and
    4. The Head of State Service hasn’t approved a fixed term in excess of 36 months because of special circumstances (e.g. a project with a term that exceeds 3 years)
  3. Promotion without advertising – Reclassification
    Employment Direction No. 1 will be amended so that where the employer reclassifies the duties being performed by a permanent employee to a higher classification, the employee will be appointed without advertising if the following conditions are met:
    1. There is an ongoing need for those duties or similar duties; and
    2. The employee’s conduct and performance and satisfactory.
  4. Mobility
    We are seeking to establish a process whereby permanent employees interested in moving to a different role at their level can be considered for vacancies before they are externally advertised.
    The government has agreed that by 31 July 2020 it will establish a mobility register that will allow permanent employees to express interest in vacant roles at their substantive classification from across the state service. If employees on the register are assessed as suitable for a vacant role they will be reassigned to that role.  Employees will not require the approval of their Agency to be on the register or to accept a job they are offered and only employees can place themselves on the register – not their Agency.
  5. Broad banding of classifications
    Broad banding is a process that allows employees to progress from one Band to another without promotion through the attainment of specified skills, knowledge, experience or qualifications. A facilitative clause will be inserted into Awards to allow for the broad banding of occupational groups.  The groups can be broad banded across a number of Bands with the criteria for advancement between Bands specified.  Any Broadbanding arrangement will require the agreement of both the employer and union.  The broad banding arrangements will be piloted in Parks and Wildlife with progression for Field Officers and Park Rangers
  6. Shift Work Provisions (TSSA)
    New shift work provisions will be included in the TSSA to modernise those conditions and ensure better rostering. A draft version of the new provisions has been constructed but further discussion is required.  New rostered day worker provisions that will provide penalty payments to workers required to perform ordinary hours outside the normal spread of hours according to a roster without being treated as shift workers are also being proposed.  The CPSU needs to consult further will member groups likely to be affected before agreeing to this change.
  7. Flexible Employment Guidelines
    A new flexible work policy has been developed that reverses the onus on the employer to provide reason why are request for flexible arrangements has been refused. Flexitime provisions will also be amended to allow employees to agree to flexitime cycles of up to 12 weeks and to increase the number of hours that can be carried from one flexitime period to the next.
  8. Correctional Facility Allowance
    Currently employees who work in a prison, other than correctional officers, who are responsible for the supervision of inmates receive a 7.5% salary loading. This arrangement will be extended to include TasTAFE staff working in prisons.
    Currently allied health professionals working in the Ashley Youth Detention Centre receive a 6.5% loading.  This will be extended to include school support staff.
  9. Camping Allowance
    Currently employees required to camp overnight receive no compensation for the inconvenience. It’s been agreed that employees required to stay in non-commercial accommodation will be paid a camping allowance for each night.  An allowance of $65.25 will be paid for staying in a tent, $54.00 for staying in a standing camp/hut or $44.55 for staying in employer provided, non-commercial accommodation.  Where employees provide their own meals, they will also be paid an allowance for each meal of $13.80 for breakfast, $15.50 for lunch and $26.40 for dinner.
  10. Carers Leave
    Currently employees can only access 10 days of personal leave each year for carers leave. Agreement has been reached to double this to 20 days each year.
  11. Superannuation
    Currently employees on unpaid parental leave receive no superannuation. This is one of the reasons for the gap between the retirement incomes of men and women.  The government has agreed superannuation will be paid for the first 12 months of unpaid parental leave.  Agreement has also been reached to pay employees on workers compensation superannuation.
  12. Parental Leave
    Paid parental leave will be increased from 14 weeks to 16 weeks and paid partner leave will be increased from 1 week to 3 weeks.
  13. Re-credit of recreation leave and parental leave
    Recreation leave and parental leave impacted by compassionate or bereavement conditions will be re-credited.
  1. School support staff
    The health care procedures allowance will be increased from $13.20 to $30 a week. Only teacher assistants who are credentialled will be approved to perform these duties.
    The toileting allowance will be increased from $13.20 to $15 a week and teacher assistants who work in Special Support Schools will receive an allowance of $17 a week.
    School support staff stood down over term breaks will be entitled to public holidays that fall over those term break up to a maximum of 9 public holidays each year.
    All school-based employees, including allied health professionals and IT staff will be entitled to communicable diseases leave.
  2. Night Shift Loading
    The night shift loading in the HAHSA will be increased from 22.5% to 24%.
  3. Public Holiday Leave
    HAHSA employees who take public holiday leave (or cash it out) will be paid shift penalties.
  4. 12 Hour shifts
    A 12 hours shift clause will be included in the HAHSA and the shift penalty clause for Monday to Friday will increase to 12.5%
 
Allied Health Professionals Agreement Offer
In addition to the matters detailed in clauses 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,16,17 above, allied health professionals are also being offered:
  1. Professional Development Funding
    The professional development allowance will be increased from $624 per annum to $724 per annum. The allowance will be able to be rolled over for a period of 5 years allowing access to $3,620 over five years.
  2. Classification Changes
    1. AHP level 1.1 will be removed and a new AHP level 1.6 with a salary of $73,104 inserted. Employees at AHP level 1.1 will be progressed to AHP level 1.2;
    2. The minimum appointment level of an AHP with a 3 year degree will be AHP level 1.2 and for an employee with a 4 year degree it will be AHP level 1.3;
  3. Professional Upgrade Scheme
    The professional upgrade scheme for AHP level 3 will be extended to recognise port-graduate qualification. This will be achieved by allowing progression to pay levels equivalent to AHP 4.2 and 4.3.  The professional upgrade scheme will be extended to employees in Education, Justice and Police (other than forensic scientists)
  4. Level 5 Senior Professional Specialist
    The process for progression will be clarified to ensure applications can be promptly considered.
  5. Night Shift Loading
    Night shift loading will be increased from 22.5% to 24%.
  6. On-call and Availability Allowances
    The AHP On-call allowance will increase from $4.11 per hour to $4.50 per hour and the AHP availability allowance will increase from $2.38 an hour to $3.52 an hour.
  7. Review of AHP Level 3 positions in Education
    Education are reviewing their professional officer support structure which will include a review of the requirements for AHP level 3 roles.
Radiation Therapists Agreement Offer
In addition to the matters detailed in clauses 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,16,17 above, radiation therapists are also being offered:
  1. Professional Development Funding
    The professional development allowance will be increased from $624 per annum to $724 per annum. The allowance will be able to be rolled over for a period of 5 years allowing access to $3,620 over five years.
  2. Post Graduate Qualification for Level 2
    A new Level 2 post-graduate level has been added at the top of level 2
  3. On-call and Availability Allowances
    The AHP On-call allowance will increase from $4.11 per hour to $4.50 per hour and the AHP availability allowance will increase from $2.38 an hour to $3.52 an hour.
  4. Radiation Therapist Educator - South
    A Level 4 educator position will be established in the South to match the existing position in the North/North West.
Ministerial Drivers Agreement Offer
In addition to the matters detailed in clauses above, ministerial drivers are also being offered:
  1. 2 Year Agreement
    A 2 year agreement has been offered with increases of 2.3% in December 2019 and 2.3% in December 2020.
  2. Industry Allowance
    The number of hours of overtime worked each fortnight as part of the industry allowance will be reduced from 44 hours a fortnight to 43 hours a fortnight.
Legal Practitioner Agreement Offer
In addition to the matters detailed in clauses above, legal practitioners are being offered:
  1. 2 Year Agreement
    A 2 year agreement has been offered with increases of 2.3% in December 2019 and 2.3% in December 2020.

We have received offers from the Hodgman government for the following Agreements:

  • Public Sector Unions Wages Agreement
  • Allied Health Professionals Agreement
  • Radiation Therapists Agreement
  • Ministerial Drivers Agreement
  • Legal Practitioners Agreement

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