API offers no improvements with 3% wage rise
The SDA presented draft documents to API and the NUW/ER reps to consider the inclusion of the following benefits in the agreement:
- Agency staff be on the same conditions as API staff
- Parental leave MOU – should legislation improve conditions they would apply to API
- Blood donor leave
- Family & Domestic Violence leave
- Natural disaster leave
- JCC – having both SDA/NUW representatives plus employee reps in meetings.
Whilst API’s refusal to all improved benefits is understandable. It is astounding and extremely disappointing that the NUW/Employee representatives also oppose these improved benefits!!
What have the negotiations achieved – VERY LITTLE.
Employees are able to talk to the company at a JCC that may or may not have union participation.
What has API offered?
API has stated its final offer is a 3% wage increase OR a 3.15% (if employees accept an increased span of ordinary hours) with no other improvements to the agreement.
The SDA cannot genuinely support an agreement that does not include improved conditions however a 3% wage offer in itself is reasonable considering the current climate.
The SDA reject the 3.15% offer – it is not an acceptable increase for giving up penalty hours.
What happens now ?
Group member meetings are to be held next week to consider offers. API intends to put the offers to a vote. Please await advice on meeting times.