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Trends in federal enterprise bargaining September quarter 2001



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THE HON TONY ABBOTT MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND SMALL BUSINESS

 

Media Release

11201

Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining September Quarter 2001 The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations today released the Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining report for the September quarter 2001, containing data on collective agreements certified by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) up to 30 September 2001.

There were 1, 827 federal collective agreements certified in the September quarter 2001 covering an estimated 179, 600 employees. This brings the total number of federal agreements formalised by the AIRC from October 1991 to the end of September 2001 to 41,463.

On 30 September 2001, there were 11,755 federal collective wage agreements current, covering an estimated 1.362 million employees. This is the highest number of current agreements recorded to date and shows that enterprise bargaining is still growing.

The average annualised wage increase (AAWI) per employee for all federal wage agreements formalised in the September quarter 2001 was 3.9 per cent, unchanged from the June quarter 2001.

Private sector agreements formalised in the September quarter 2001 paid an AAWI per employee of 3.8 per cent, unchanged from the June quarter 2001 while federal public sector agreements recorded a wage increase of 4.0 per cent, down 0.1 percentage points from the June quarter 2001.

The AAWI per employees for all agreements current at 30 September 2001 remains unchanged from the June quarter at 3.7 per cent and is broadly consistent with recent results from the ABS Wage Cost Index (WCI).

The September quarter 2001 issue of Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining also provides an analysis of workplace agreement making in the Australian public service. It found that both certified agreements and AWAs have been taken up with more gusto in the APS than any other industry - with nearly all APS workers now covered by a workplace agreement. Almost all APS agreements (88%) were ‘stand alone’, or comprehensive agreements that provide for all the pay and conditions of employees, indicating a growing maturity in bargaining infrastructure and confidence amongst agencies and their employees. The time taken to reach agreements was shorter than 2 years ago, and the process easier.

The full report is now available on the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations website

http://www.dewrsb.gov.au/workplacerelations/publications/enterprisebargaining/default.asp

 

For further information contact:

Simone Holzapfel  0417 656 668

Mairi Steele  02 6121 7125.

 

28/11/2001