Department of Conservation

Ratification schedule

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Audience

Date

Time

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T5 Members

1 November

10:30 – 12:00

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T5 Members

3 November

2:00 – 3:30

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T5 Members

4 November

9:00 – 10:30

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T5 Members

8 November

10:30 – 12:00

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T5 Members

9 November

2:00 – 3:30

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T5 Members

10 November

9:00 – 10:30

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T4 Members

4 November

 

Cancelled

T4 Members

9 November

10:30 - 12:00

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T4 Members

10 November

10:30 – 11:30

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The 11th of November 2021 and it will expire on 1 May 2023.

You should definitely read any offer in relation to your employment. Take the time to read the document in full before submitting your vote. Read the Terms of Settlement document alongside the proposed CA.

Yes, a $250.00 (gross) Lump sum payment will be made to all PSA members covered by the T4 CA. The last day to join PSA and receive this PSA Only payment is Wednesday 10th November 2021

The 11th of November 2021 and it will expire on 30 June 2023

Page 2 of the Terms of Settlement towards the bottom has a heading “Lump Sum” It clearly states there that lump sums are only applicable to D,E,F,G and R&R Bands

Your PSA bargaining team worked for a long time to raise the rates offered as part of this settlement. We believe in the current environment of pay restraint across government that this is the best deal we would achieve without members taking industrial action and losing pay by doing this. This settlement is also very aligned with other settlements across the Public Service.

Q: When the Govt announced Public Sector pay restraint the official CPI was only 1.5%. By September 2021 it had risen to 4.9%. Looking at the REM tables it appears most staff will get increases of about 1-2% per year (significantly less than CPI). Is there any chance for PSA to push our employer to ensure annual salary movements at an official inflation rate? If we are matching CPI it would still be a salary freeze in real terms. Step based pay increases that are less than the current CPI are effectively an annual salary cut.

A: Your PSA bargaining team worked for a long time to raise the rates offered as part of this settlement. We believe in the current environment of pay restraint across government that this is the best deal we would achieve without members taking industrial action and losing pay by doing this. This settlement is also very aligned with other settlements across the Public Service.

Refer to Appendix 1 in the Terms of Settlement (DOC-6660476). This table summarises any changes where you can refer to and compare both collective agreements.

The Government of the day have set a directive for Public Service agencies to move to step-based remuneration systems. In 2019, a working group made up of members from PSA and DOC met to discuss and model affordable options for the Department. Progress delays due to COVID-19 and SLT approval meant implementing a step-based system through the bargaining process from 1 July 2022 was the preferred option.

Yes, it will apply to Bands B to G and Recruitment and Retention (RR) Bands.

Refer to Appendix 1, page 67 of the CA8. This table outlines the salary bands and number of steps associated with each band.

Refer to the Terms of Settlement (DOC-6660476) where a detailed outline for transition into the step-based remuneration system.  

Yes, a lump sum gross payment amount is determined by the salary level of staff. The payment will be made on Payday 20 July 2022 in line with the criteria set out in the Terms of Settlement (DOC-6660476).

You should definitely read any offer in relation to your employment. Take the time to read the document in full before submitting your vote. Read the Terms of Settlement document alongside the proposed CA.

Yes, a $250.00 (gross) Lump sum payment will be made to all PSA members covered by CA(8). The last day to join PSA is Wednesday 10th November 2021

Q: In the collective agreement terms of settlement there is a reference  to ‘midpoint’ under the section “Translation to New Salary Steps”. i.e., “…B and C will have a midpoint movement of $1,000”. What does the term ‘midpoint’ mean, in relation to this collective agreement?

A: It means that $1000.00 has been added to every step in the pay range (B & C), effective 01 July 2022 and applies to each of the steps before you translate onto them.

Q: Band steps. I see for B and C bands there are 10 steps available within these bands; whereas E, F, and G bands have 13 steps available to them. Also, the available salary range isn’t  progressive i.e, b bands have a difference of $12,658 between the lowest and highest steps, whereas e band have a difference of $20,170. I’m just curious about the PSA’s reasoning for this?

A: Both parties had a clear focus on lower pay ranges. We recognised that it was better to move the bands with lower pay ranges over a fewer number of years. Each of the steps within the bands are based on moving each year by a similar percentage, that is why the total increases across the bands are different.

 

The new CA(8) if ratified will come into effect 11th November. The new REM system will be implemented 1 July 2022.

Yes it will, however there will still need to be an annual Performance assessment. PSA and DOC both agree we need to find a way to reward High Performers, we will work together over the next few months to come up with ideas. However there will be no money attached to performance.