TMR reaches in-principle agreement
The TMR Enterprise Determination expired on 30 June 2016 with an in principle agreement required by the end of July to maintain a 1 July “operative date” and back pay.
In principle agreement was given by union delegates on Friday 29 July subject to a member endorsement process. If members endorse the acceptance of this offer then this will ensure that there is no loss of back pay and pay increases continue to occur on 1 July each year. If members do not agree to accept this offer then the government wages policy says that any future wage rise would only apply from the first of the month that agreement is reached.
The offer from the government does not resolve all of our concerns and is not everything that members sought in our log of claims. Notably items with a cost such as reclassifications, new allowances and wages above the 2.5% wages policy have not been agreed to. However the offer does provide improvements to the existing determination and no losses of any conditions.
The key features of the offer are:
- a 2.5% wage increase each year for three years, backdated to 1 July 2016
- a clause that provides the capacity for members to utilise current high accrued time balances over a 12 month period, rather than losing it at the end of each month
- a clause providing that managers are not to unreasonably refuse the use of flexible work arrangements and to provide reasons for any refusal
- a clause requiring TMR to initiate discussions with temporary employees four weeks out from cessation of contract
- Training for relief staff and for managers to support staff in relation to domestic and family violence and mental health
- Greater consultation about the use of contractors and contracting out
Congratulations on this offer from government and make sure you have your say by 5pm on the 15 August.