President's Message August 2017

NEW WAGE AWARD 2017

I am pleased to report that members have overwhelmingly accepted the 2017 Pay Offer your Association negotiated with the NSW Government.

The electronic poll closed at 9am, Monday, 3 July 2017.

This has produced a record number of votes from members, with the highest yes vote in years.

THE OUTCOME OF THE POLL WAS AS FOLLOWS:

Yes Votes: 8,074 (92.8%)

No Votes: 623 (7.2%)

Total Votes: 8,697

We thank members for their participation in this important process.

Your Association negotiated to improve members’ conditions, entitlements and modernise the Award and ensure that members’ real wages are maintained and a range of other benefits protected.

There are no changes to our exemption to amendments to the Workers Compensation Legislation, Death and Disability (D&D) and the continuation of the $655 subsidy for the FSS Default units of TPD Insurance.

Your Executive unanimously endorsed the offer considering it to be the best possible outcome for members in the current political, financial and industrial environment.

Motions to Conference 2016 directed us to not accept any trade-offs to pay and conditions; we have absolutely negotiated as per this direction.

The Award will provide increases in remuneration of 2.5 per cent per annum over three years, inclusive of superannuation increases, which is in accordance with the government’s wages policy.

All state government agencies are bound by the NSW Government Wages Policy which places a 2.5% wages cap on salaries, inclusive of superannuation contributions, with any increases above the 2.5% to come from employee related savings. This has been strictly enforced by government and the Industrial Relations Commission since the introduction of legislation in 2011.

SALARY INCREASES AND OTHER BENEFITS

  • 2.5% increase in salaries and salary related allowances from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2017;
  • 2.5% increase in salaries and salary related allowances from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018; and
  • 2.5% increase in salaries and salary related allowances from the first pay period on or after 1 July 1 July 2019.
  • Continuation of the Workers Compensation exemption for police officers, retaining all of the 1987 Act benefits and entitlements
  • No change in the D&D scheme with benefits or contributions and an option for the parties to discuss an opt out amendment for officers over 60
  • $655 paid by the Government for all FSS members with TPD default units of insurance
  • Roster amendments where members will receive 14 days’ notice of roster publication and any changes made with less than 24 hours’ notice will require the approval of a Commissioned Officer after all options have been explored.

Most importantly, the average number of weekends off duty is to occur over a 12-week period, meaning three weekends off duty over 12 weeks.

  • Dog Squad vehicles included in the recall to duty clause
  • A new TOU Allowance
  • Commissioned Officers annual leave clause clarified
  • Access to the NRB at 80%
  • Discussions to take place in relation to a voluntary separation package for excess officers.

Our next challenge is to ensure the Re-engineering Process is implemented in a manner which is fair to members.

The Re-engineering Process could mean significant changes to the structure, organisation and work patterns of the NSW Police Force, and clearly this would impact many officers’ positions and work practices. Any savings from the Re- Engineering process that are employee related should be communicated to your Association for use in future wage negotiations.

Through this process, your Association will fight to protect members’ working conditions and entitlements, and prevent disruption to and adverse consequences for those affected by change.

FACEBOOK PAGE

Your Association is now on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pansw.org.au/

The page is aimed at being a space where the community can receive updates on policing issues in the media, support our members and help ensure police receive the resources they need to keep the community safe and do their jobs safely.

It is also about building a community of support for our members that we can draw upon when required.

Please note this page is available to the public. Before you like and follow, check your security settings.

If you wish to communicate with the Association, please contact us directly via the PANSW Information Organising Centre on (02) 9265 6777 or info@pansw.org.au

 

Scott Weber

President

 

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