General Agreement 7

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In principle agreement reached on GA7 - 21 September 2017

Public Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) is pleased to advise the Civil Service Association has provided ‘in principle agreement’ for a replacement Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement and 8 satellite agreements.

The agreement is subject to a ballot of members and the CSA advise the ballot will be conducted between 4 – 18 October 2017.

CSA consultation

The CSA will be consulting with members in their workplaces up to and during the ballot process. 

What happens next?

The parties will continue to meet to finalise the technical drafting of the Agreement and the 8 Satellite Agreements.

Subject to the outcome of the ballot,  and once the drafting is finalised, the replacement Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement and the eight Satellite Agreements will be lodged for registration in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC). The parties will then complete the formal registration process in the WAIRC.

After registration, Public Sector Labour Relations will issue a Circular to Departments and Authorities (CDA) to advise that the Agreement/s be implemented in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions.  Further information and guidelines will be issued at that time. 

GA7 second offer - 8 September 2017

On 8 September 2017 the Government made a second and final offer to the CSA to resolve the GA7 General Agreement negotiations.

The offer specifies resolution of cross sector provisions where applicable to the nine GA7 General Agreements.

In principle agreement to the offer for all General Agreements including any agency satellite matters had to be provided by the CSA in writing by the close of business 22 September 2017.

Primary elements of the offer include:

  • two year term;
  • no trade-offs; and
  • salary increases of $1,000 per annum (pro rata for part time and casual employees).
Summary of the key provisions
Employer Preference Insert new clause - Employer Preference - provide commitments regarding employer preference for permanent employment and information request provisions on labour hire usage.
Provide preference to surplus employees prior to engaging or extending labour hire employees/arrangements.
Redeployment and Redundancy

Insert new clause - Redeployment and Redundancy:

  • provide guidance on how employers will assess the suitability of surplus employees;
  • confirm the employer will provide appropriate case management to surplus employees, including direct access to the Recruitment Advertising Management System (RAMS);
  • require the employer to communicate with surplus employees prior to registration, detailing the reasons for registration and information on possible employment, placement and training options;
  • allow for the suspension of the redeployment period for the duration that an employee is participating in retraining, secondment or other employment placement arrangement; and
  • provide the union with information when registered employees enter the last 3 months of their redeployment period.
Joint Consultative Committee

The parties confirm their ongoing commitment to the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) process.
Clarify the meaning of change and what constitutes consultation.
Confirm that consultation will be open and transparent, and contains clear guidance on the principles of the consultative process.
Require the provision of additional specified data to the union where the employer is proposing change that may result in surplus employees.

Peak Consultative Forum Provide for a broad review of the existing processes for public sector redeployment and redundancy, and specify the scope of the review.
Fixed Term Contract Engagement Amend to require employers to include the circumstances of the appointment in writing at the time of appointment, insert an information request clause for data on fixed term contract appointments, and high level principles for the conversion of fixed term contract employees.
Amend to require employers to submit business cases for externally funded fixed term contracts to the Joint Consultative Committee.
Provide preference to surplus employees prior to engaging or extending fixed term contracts.
Family and Domestic Violence Leave Insert new clause - Family and Domestic Violence Leave - provide an additional 10 days paid leave for family and domestic violence in line with Government Policy.
Workload Management Amend to include further specified workload indicators, clarification that the employer is required to monitor workload indicators, and provide the agency workload review team the capacity to conduct a workload survey.

A copy of the GA7 Letter of Offer to the CSA is available here.

GA7 first offer - 12 June 2017

On 12 June 2017 the Government made a first offer to CSA to resolve the GA7 agreements. A copy is available here.

Log of claims - 9 December 2016

On 9 December 2016 Public Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) formally received a log of claims from the CSA. A copy of the log of claims is available here.

Background - what is GA7?

The General Agreement 7 (GA7) negotiations are the seventh set of negotiations that have occurred with the Civil Service Association (CSA) under the general agreement framework since 2002.

The primary agreement being negotiated for replacement is the Public Service and Government Officers General Agreement 2014 (PSGOGA), which covers more than 33,000 public service and government officers.  

The eight agency specific general agreements to which the CSA is the union party ("Satellite Agreements") are  also negotiated concurrently under the GA7 framework.

The GA7 agreements expired on 12 June 2017.

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