Monday, 17 October 2022

WaterNSW Enterprise Agreement approved

Yesterday the Fair Work Commission approved the WaterNSW Enterprise Agreement 2022. The Agreement will operate from 24 October 2022, expiring on 30 June 2023. In accordance with Clause 6.1 Pay-Increase, there will be a pay increase of 2.53 per cent payable from the full pay period on or after 1 July 2022, with that pay period commences from 4 July 2022. WaterNSW has confirmed it is on track for pay increases and back pay to be in the 10 November 2022 pay run.

Other changes to the Agreement include:

  • Simplified Pay and Classification structure Simplified PCS which clarifies pay progression and reduces the years of service required to progress to maximum pay for each grade. Grades 1-7, two per cent progression to maximum. Grades 8-10, 2 per cent progression to mid-point, one per cent progression to maximum.
  • Bonus system name change to ‘performance pay’.
  • New Performance zero per cent if “not met”, 1.1 per cent if “partially met”, 2.8 per cent if on target, and 3.4 per cent if “out performance”. NB: to pay for the 0.2 per cent cost of the simplified PCS, and the restrictive NSW Government’s wages policy, there is 0.2 per cent reduction in the performance pay matrices.
  • Temporary employment: Updated wording and removal of 36-month cap; reporting to PCG on arrangements greater than 24 months.
  • Incident Roster arrangements: Updated wording to clarify night shift rate applies to entire shift at same rate.
  • Include traditional kinship in definition of family member.
  • Acknowledgement of Country at beginning of Enterprise Agreement.
  • Parental Leave provisions improved and aligned to the rest of the NSW public sector.
  • Added exhaustion of personal leave, hardship and any other reason approved by WaterNSW to Special leave.
  • Annual Leave – Removal of additional day of leave granted for 2021/22 only. Removal of the requirement to take two consecutive weeks. If there is to be a soft shutdown during the Christmas/New Year period it will be brought to the Peak Consultative Group at least three months prior to the proposal. Words added to clarify ‘usual work location’.
  • Military payment updated to 2021/2022 rates.