Both the wage policy and the business bargaining framework are designed to encourage governments to take a more strategic approach to enterprise policy negotiations, focused on the government`s operational and public priorities, which bring real benefits to the public sector and to all Victorians. Modern rewards cover an entire sector or profession and provide a safety net between minimum wage rates and employment conditions. The new wage policy will apply from Wednesday, April 17, 2019. It revokes and replaces wage policy and consulting equipment. A new business bargaining framework has been developed to support the wage policy review and improve the government`s approval process. Public bodies cannot make bids outside the agreed parameters during negotiations without the offer (and the expected financial consequences) being accepted at the government level corresponding to the agreement concerned. The government has designed the wage policy to encourage governments to take a more strategic approach to enterprise policy negotiations. However, the Government recognizes that some parties to the negotiations may, for a variety of reasons, prefer a wage increase in a new enterprise contract without disrupting the terms agreed during their pre-negotiation round. The framework also applies when a public sector agency attempts to amend an existing enterprise agreement under the Fair Work Act. If a public sector agency or portfolio department does not know whether a business agreement should be considered a major agreement or not, they should contact Industrial Relations Victoria (IRV). Business agreements can be tailored to the needs of some companies. An agreement should be overall better for an employee when compared to the corresponding bonuses or rewards. In order to ensure that public authorities are able to start negotiations in a timely manner and without undue delay, internal preparations for negotiations should begin no later than 12 months before the nominal expiry date of the current agreement.
This approach will ensure that negotiating strategies and proposals for amendments can be developed with sufficient time to allow necessary government oversight before negotiations begin. The ESV wants to be an employer of choice and offer employees interesting and challenging work that contributes to the safety of gas and electricity in the Victorian community. The level of detail required to complete the proposal will reflect the size, salary base and financial and industrial impact of the proposed agreement.