To All Members at Parliament House

12 September 2018

Enterprise Bargaining meetings for the three Enterprise Agreements (EAs) which cover employees at Parliament House are about to recommence.

The three EAs are:

  1. Legislative Council
  2. House of Assembly
  3. Staff employed under the Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985

Of these only the PJS Act EA can be approved by the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET).

The three EAs are similar, including their salaries and some other conditions such as paid maternity leave but may have other conditions of employment specific to your work groups. The EAs as a minimum also have similar conditions (where relevant) and pay increases as the wider Public Sector in the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2017 (SAMPSEAS).

As the Parliament House EAs follow the SAMPSEAS, enterprise bargaining at Parliament House was adjourned after the first meeting held in February 2017. The SAMPSEAS was approved by SAET earlier this year and the PSA has sought recommencement of Parliament bargaining since May.

The negotiating team for Parliament House is led by the Clerks of the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council. The PSA has received written confirmation that equivalent pay increases to the SAMPSEAS will apply as at 1 October 2017, 1 October 2018 and 1 October 2019 to Parliament House employees. Retrospective payments to 1 October 2017 will apply. The PSA has also been advised that the Clerks have been meeting with a government representative and their proposal for a new agreement will be tabled in the coming weeks.

At this stage no formal claim has been made by the PSA on behalf of members. The PSA seeks members’ input in developing a claim. The PSA encourages all members to consider your Enterprise Agreement and bring your thoughts to workplace EA meetings which are currently being arranged. Members will consider your ideas at the meetings and those will be used to develop a log of claims from the PSA for each of the three EAs. The log of claims will be presented to the Parliament negotiating team as part of bargaining.

Many of your current conditions rely on custom and practice and are not currently in any of the EAs. Other improvements could be pursued in bargaining negotiations where members seek those additional conditions within your EAs.

Members are encouraged to nominate yourselves or your workmates to be representatives for your work group on the PSA bargaining team.

To arrange your workplace meeting or provide input and comments, email the PSA at enquiries@cpsu.asn.au.