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Department of Labour Collective Agreement signed

21 February 2006

Department of Labour Collective Agreement signed

The Public Service Association (PSA) has today signed a Collective Agreement for over 800 PSA members in the Department of Labour which sees an across the board pay rise of four percent and enhanced annual leave entitlements for PSA members.

The Collective also includes an agreement that the Department of Labour and the PSA will work in partnership to address the concerns of the PSA with the performance pay system and on projects about work life balance and pay and employment equity.

“This Collective was taken out for ratification by members after seven days of negotiations and a day in front of an independent mediator,” said Basil Prestidge, PSA Assistant Secretary.

“We are pleased that the Department of Labour has agreed to work on solutions to their performance pay system which is not working for our members.”

“The agreement will expire in June 2006, allowing time for the PSA and the Department of Labour to work together to address the performance management system and on how to improve the work life balance of PSA members.”

“The Collective Agreement includes two days assigned for PSA members to work with the Department on the Partnership for Quality Agreement and in order to prepare for the next set of negotiations later this year.”

“We are looking forward to sitting down with the Department to develop a pay system which is fair and transparent for all PSA members.”

“The Collective has resulted in an increase in PSA membership at the Department of Labour with more people recognising the value of working collectively to bargain pay and address issues in the workplace,” said Prestidge.

ENDS

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