Bargaining under the Government's new policy has begun in Members of Parliament Staff (MoPS), PM&C, NIAA and Sports Integrity Australia.
Central to the Government’s bargaining policy are pay increases that are tied to the private sector Wage Price Index (WPI) which means staff are asked to vote without knowing what the pay rise might be. Under this policy, you would be forced to vote on an agreement that left future pay rates unknown.
The policy also states agreements must feature “no enhancements”. That means if the Government gets its way, your agreements can’t keep up with the times and make critical and timely changes to your rights and entitlements to address things like pandemic provisions, working from home rights, and paid domestic violence leave.