Sa Public Sector Enterprise Agreement 2014
Then there are the enterprise agreements. Enterprise agreements are agreements made collectively between all employees and the employer. You ensure better and additional requirements on what your price offers. In particular, they generally set a higher base salary. The most likely enterprise agreement applicable to you is SA Government Wages Parity (Salaried) 2014. But you have to read it carefully to see if it applies to you, because it is not. For example, nurses and midwives have their own enterprise agreement, the Nursing/Midwifery (South Australian Public Sector) 2013. All potentially relevant business agreements are available here, while a list of common agreements for public sector companies can be found here. Unfortunately, for public service employees, it is not just a law or a distinction that defines all your rights. Instead, there is a very confusing network of laws, distinctions, business agreements and many other documents and instruments and provisions. There are also “guidelines” from some departments and other documents that are lying around, which could have a significant impact on your labour rights.
For example, if you are employed in a health role, a document called the SA Health Human Resources Manual can have very important consequences for you. It is not publicly available, but you should be able to request a copy from your employer. The general information about labour law that you find on the Internet is usually useless to you. Indeed, since 2006, almost all workers are subject to federal labour law (first WorkChoices, now the Fair Work Act). But public service employees are one of the few types of workers who are not subject to federal labour law. Almost all of the information you find on workers` rights will be governed by federal labour laws that do not apply (most often) to you. Public sector workers in SA are always subject to specific SA labour laws. There is very little information on some of the SA`s labour laws. But even if you find information about SA`s labour law, you can`t rely on that. This is because public sector employees in SA have a whole series of special laws for their employment, such as the Public Sector Act. If you have sought and are unable to reach an agreement, the Fair Work Commission can also help employers and workers who negotiate with their “New Approaches” program. Learn more about the new approaches on the Fair Labour Commission website.
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. It can be difficult to develop your work rights at the best of times, but if you are a public sector employee in SA, it is particularly difficult.