IN THE TASMANIAN INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION
Industrial Relations Act 1984
This was an application by the Printing and Kindred Industries Union, Tasmanian Branch (the Union) for the second 3% Structural Efficiency Principle increase. Originally the application was to amend the existing Government Printing Office Awards namely, the Printing Staff - Government Printing Office Award and the Supervisory and Technical Staff (Government Printing Office) Award, however during the course of the hearing Mr Steve Walsh, who appeared for the Union, submitted an exhibit1 which was in effect an application for a new award: I have accepted it as such.
By the agreement of all parties, the hearing was adjourned into conference and the many changes proposed in the exhibit draft award were outlined in detail by Mr Walsh. He advised that the document which was agreed between the parties represented protracted negotiations and settlement.
Mr R Miller, who appeared for the Tasmanian Public Service Association (the Association) supported Mr Walsh's submissions, but made it clear that should Association members currently covered by the Supervisory and Technical Officers Award not be cited in another award expected to be made soon, the Association would be seeking to regain an interest in the Award.
Mr C Willingham, who appeared for the Minister responsible for the administration of the Tasmanian State Service Act 1984 (the Minister), confirmed agreement to the proposed variations and supported Mr Walsh's submissions. He complimented the Union on its positive attitude in negotiations.
The main areas covered by the agreement reflected in the draft award were as follows:
· A new career path classification structure appropriate to the printing industry which was accompanied by detailed definitions of the work involved at each level.
· First-aid and recreation leave allowance provisions were left out being adequately specified in the General Conditions of Service Award.
· Some sick leave "offsets" not taken up at the time of the 4% Second Tier increase were included.
· Certain allowances were not specified and for the future, were to be absorbed in the classification levels.
The commencement date for all these variations, agreed between the parties was from the first full pay period commencing on or after 30 August 1990.
I endorse this application and the agreement behind it. I believe the parties have genuinely attempted to make improvements to the Award under the Structural Efficiency Principle.
Once the Award has been made and interest in it granted to the appropriate parties, I will leave it to the Minister to seek to have the superseded awards revoked.
The award which will operate from the first full pay period commencing on or after 30 August 1990 will be issued within seven days of this decision.
P A Imlach
1 Exhibit W1