Assistants to Members of Parliament | Enterprise Agreement Vote Opens 6 May 2019

03 May 2019

Negotiations for the new Assistants to Members of Parliament Enterprise Agreement have progressed as far as possible. All participants in the negotiations, including the PSA and the ASU have agreed that the draft Enterprise Agreement should be sent to eligible employees for a decision – Yes or No.

The draft offer and the last PSA Information Update of 12 March 2019 outlining our concerns with the offer can be found here.

The vote will commence on 6 May 2019 and close on 23 May 2019.

If there is a "Yes" vote, the Enterprise Agreement can be lodged in the South Australia Employment Tribunal (SAET) on 24 May 2019. If approved by SAET the proposed pay increases will apply from the first full pay period on or after 24 May 2019.

No Backdating
This is important for all members to note.

Unlike previous Enterprise Agreements where the pay increase involved backdating to 12 months from the date of the last increase, in this case 1 October 2018, this government has not agreed to backdating this agreement.

If the offer is accepted, the earliest date of operation will be 24 May 2019.

This is a slight improvement on the original offer from the Treasurer which may have seen your next pay increase delayed until June or July, but it is a major departure from previous practice.

The Offer

In salary terms, the offer is pay increases to the salary schedule of:

$1,500 per annum for a salary up to $75,000

$1,800 or 1.5% per annum whichever is the greater for an annual salary payable at the following dates:

1. First full pay period on or after 24 May 2019
2. First full pay period on or after 1 October 2019
3. First full pay period on or after 1 October 2020.

This means the first pay increase will cover four months, followed by another increase in October 2019 and a third increase in October 2020.

Other improvements

  •  Termination pay increased up to a maximum of 28 weeks.
  •  An increase in paid partner leave from five to 10 working days (from accrued sick leave)
  •  Fifteen days special leave for cultural and community responsibilities.

All other conditions are maintained.

The PSA is angered by the Treasurer’s absolute refusal to apply previous practice and allow a retrospective increase. This is denying members seven months of increased pay.

However, to delay putting the offer to members would postpone the pay increase even further.

A “Yes” vote from a majority of employees will ensure the earliest possible date of operation for the offer as it stands.