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Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory



Annual Report 1986/1987 Public Service Commissioner for the Northern Territory

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Tabled Paper 390


Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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23 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DIVISION As the largest employer in the Northern Territory the Government has a significant role in the industrial relations area in regard to public sector staffing. However, in addition to its role as employer, Government has a significant and separate role of ensuring that the Territory is provided with an industrial relations system which services its needs. Major projects for 1986/87 were: National Wage Case Following the re-introduction of the centralised wage fixation in September 1983, the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in the National Wage Case decision of 26 June 19 86 concluded that the continuance of a structured centralised system provided the best prospects for maximum labour cost restraint together with reasonable industrial stability; both essential ingredients for economic recovery. The principles of wage fixation adopted were intended to operate for two years. The Commission's June decision awarded a uniform National wage adjustment of 2.3% to operate from the beginning of the first pay period on or after 1 July 1986. Following hearings held in November 1986 at which initial proposals for a two tiered system were put forward, the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission referred the parties into conference which was conducted on 16 and 28 January 1987. The parties discussed the quantum of any general wage adjustment, wage ceilings under the second tier principles and the content of the principles. The Commission re-listed that matter for hearing and further submissions were made commencing on 5 February 1987. In the National Wage Case decision of 10 March 1987 the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission decided to introduce a two tier wages system. The first tier increase awarded was a flat $10.00 per week in wages and salaries. A further conference of the parties to the National Wage Case proceedings was set down for late 1987 to consider whether a further increase in the first tier should be awarded during the period of operation of the package. Second tier increases in pay or condition under the second tier principle allowed for increases not exceeding 4% of wages and salaries. The decision also provided for arbitration on superannuation claims.