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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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24 The Full Bench of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission handed down its decision on Thursday, 7 May 1987, regarding the nurses anomaly claim. Nurses in the Northern Territory were granted significant salary increases and a new career structure. The effective date of the salary increases was the first pay period commencing on or after 7 May 1987. Printing and Kindred Industries Union Claim On 5 March 1987 Commissioner Palmer of the .Arbitration Commission handed down a decision on a claim by the Printing and Kindred Industries Union for the review of wages of all printing trades at the Northern Territory Government Printing Office. The decision dismissed the claims in respect of all classifications excepting those conceded during proceedings which were Printing Tradesman - Composition (5 employees) and an allowance for Printing Tradesman Printing Machinery for operating a two colour printing press (only 1 employee at any time). Later, two appeals against Commissioner Palmer's decision were lodged. The first appeal was by the Printing and Kindred Industries Union against the refusal to grant increases to all printing classifications, and the level of increase awarded to the Printing Tradesman classification. The second appeal was by the Public Service Commissioner as to the retrospectivity of date of effect for the increases awarded. Decisions on the appeals were to be handed down later in the year. Conservation Commission Rangers Commissioner Palmer of the Australian Arbitration Commission handed down his decision with respect to the Ranger work value case on 8 May 1987. The decision awarded new salaries to all grades of Rangers on work value grounds in line with proposals put forward by the Public Service Commissioner during hearings in the matter. Northern Territory Public Service Dispute Following Federal Government funding cuts to States and Territories in the May 1987 economic statement, the Northern Territory Government announced that it intended to find savings of $21.5m from public service conditions - eg, elimination of the 17.5% annual leave loading except for shift workers, elimination of cash pays and elimination of airfares for new recruits. Nurses Anomaly Claim