The main public sector union and the Ministry of the Interior ”shook” in negotiating the numerous allowances for ministry staff, the industrial arbitrator said in his decision on the determination of the ministry`s workplace. A spokeswoman for the department said the department welcomed the determination and reasons for the decisions. ”The department has already informed staff of the draft decision; and will continue to communicate with staff and provide up-to-date information on this,” the spokeswoman said. The Fair Work Committee presented on Friday afternoon, after five years of tense labour negotiations, including strikes, a draft enterprise agreement on Interior Ministry staff. One of the main challenges in developing the provision was to address differences in pay rates and conditions for department staff, some of which were covered by the more generous agreement for customs and border guards and another staff agreement that had been replaced by the department of immigration and citizenship at the time. Both the union and the department will find in the decision of victories and losses, the full bank deciding in some cases to side with the department and other times with the union. The Commission wants the service to issue an immediate increase of 4% and an additional 3% increase one year after the decision. ”The department will continue to be fully committed to all FWC branches.” ”The evaluation period planned by the FWC to review technical design issues and preliminary work already done by the department will contribute to the rapid implementation of the final employment determination,” the spokeswoman said. The 14,000 interior ministry officials were informed of the draft decision, with the department pledging to keep them informed.
While the rates of pay were different between public affairs agreements and legal advisors, the Commission was more related to the lower rates of pay proposed by the department, but it also identified many cases where the union and the department had the same starting point. ”We are… very attentive to what the employees of the former … Since July 2013, there has been no increase in wages (without a pay increase) … Almost five years ago,” he said. The department`s enterprise agreements for immigration and customs workers expired in 2014 and lengthy negotiations failed. ”While the approaches taken by the department and the CPSUS have sometimes exceeded the limits of negotiations, the documents available to us do not support the finding that the conduct of the negotiators during the negotiations was inappropriate or that one of the negotiators did not respond in good faith to the requirements of the negotiations. Therefore, these factors have no influence on the determination we make,” the decision states.
The 85-ts agreement and the decision of 185 support parties set the conditions for workers within the Ministry of the Interior, including increasing working time on a normal working day, explaining how to standardize wage classifications and the amount of burden paid to casual workers. Compensation for staff was highly controversial, as the decision of the full bank criticised both the unions and the department and said that the negotiations were a good opportunity for the department and the ”key players” to rationalize the number of allowances that benefit both the department and the employees.