New Public Service Agreement

This has not been accepted by the unions, who say that an “acceptable approach” to compensation must be part of a new agreement. Earlier this week, unions were informed that in addition to a general component of the general salary of a new agreement, there could be a separate amount for sectoral negotiations to address outstanding issues and dysfunctions in certain sectors of the public service. The current government program is committed to a succession agreement with the PSSA, which sets the pay and working conditions of public service personnel, including voluntary hospitals and other Section 38 facilities. Utility payment agreements are also applied in non-commercial governments. The parties to the agreement committed to implementing changes in the operation and provision of services by the Victorian government by adopting the principles of “labour mobility.” The principles recognize that the services required by the community of a modern public service are not static; they change all the time. It is assumed that the government will endeavour to maintain some of the reforms and changes in labour practices agreed upon by public service employees as an emergency measure during the Covid 19 crisis. With regard to reform, the parties are committed to “taking advantage of this dynamic to meet the immediate challenges of 2021 and 2022, including continuing the response to Covid-19, returning to normal health services, ensuring open schools and addressing the challenges posed to children during the crisis, responding to Brexit , the establishment of the public service as a driver of good practice in remote work. , and to turn to digitization.” The adoption of changing priorities is essential to creating a safe and flexible employment environment in the public service. The parties recognized the importance of ensuring that employees could be used reactively to support government priorities. As part of discussions on a new national agreement on the public service, the government has taken steps to seek new reforms and productivity measures among public servants.

COPS also warned the government today (Friday) that essential workers need greater legislative protection from Covid-19 and that they are at significant risk of infection to provide services to the public. These proposals would lead to an expansion of the framework for public service agreements, including the recent agreement on the Public Service Stability Agreement (2018-2020), which is due to expire on 31 December. Public service representatives presented the first proposals for reform and modernization of COPS representatives who expressed concern about the very short time frame for a new agreement and to ensure a large number of new agreements capable of allaying a large number of sectoral concerns. EU heads of state and government also said that any agreement must be robust enough to last until the worst of the Covid crisis has passed. Proposals for an agreement on the succession of the Public Service Stability Agreement (ASP), which expires at the end of 2020, have been made public.

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