Tuesday, 14 April 2020

COVID-19 disruptions cited for further delays to bargaining at NSW Aboriginal Land Council

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council has asked for more time to prepare its communication systems before initiating enterprise bargaining with union and staff representatives, citing the COVID-19 health crisis as an unavoidable disruption to normal business activities.

The development comes after union efforts to discuss short-term alternatives to failed to establish sufficient common ground between NSWALC and the CPSU NSW.

In response to an anticipated Government escalation of social gathering restrictions and their likely impact on the Council’s ability to conduct negotiations, the union wrote to the NSWALC to discuss interest in a one-year extension to the current enterprise agreement, including a 2.5 per cent increase in pay.

While the NSWALC indicated a willingness to entertain a short-term extension of the current enterprise agreement, the organisation was not prepared to offer any increase in salaries or allowances. Click HERE to view a copy of our exchange of correspondence.

At this point the Council expects to be in a position to bargain in the week commencing 11 May 2020. Click HERE for a copy of their letter.

Members are reminded to complete our bargaining survey at The survey will close at 5pm on 24 April, 2020.

Expression of interest are also sought from metropolitan and regional members interested in participating in bargaining as a CPSU workplace representative. Please email either Kirra Jackson (">) or Thane Pearce (">) or call us on 1300 772 679 for further information.

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