Enterprise bargaining - what information is provided to department about employees' votes?

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Public Service Commission

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From: James Smith

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Dear Australian Public Service Commission,

This is request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

I request all documents wherein the outcome of any enterprise bargaining ballots were communicated to the department by the entity who undertook the ballots.

This shall include the YES/NO vote amounts or percentages as well as any additional information related to the vote. For example, a breakdown of the vote by employee location, or APS level.

The scope of this request covers any such documents that were received as a result of EBA offers made to staff under:

Workplace Bargaining Policy 2015
or
Australian Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy 2014

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

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Dear Mr Smith

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 for access to documents. Your request was received on 26 February 2017 and the statutory timeframe for responding to your request is 30 days from the date of receipt. This timeframe may be extended in certain circumstances. We will notify you if such circumstances arise.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your request.

Jo Motbey 

Australian Public Service Commission
Level 6, Aviation House, 16 Furzer Street, PHILLIP ACT 2606
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Dear Mr Smith

I refer to your email dated 26 February 2017 where you sought information regarding the Australian Public Service Commission's Enterprise Agreement. The information you sought was as follows:

" I request all documents wherein the outcome of any enterprise bargaining ballots were communicated to the department by the entity who undertook the ballots.

This shall include the YES/NO vote amounts or percentages as well as any additional information related to the vote. For example, a breakdown of the vote by employee location, or APS level.

The scope of this request covers any such documents that were received as a result of EBA offers made to staff under:

Workplace Bargaining Policy 2015
or
Australian Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy 2014"

The APSC has decided to provide a response to your request administratively, outside the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

The vote outcome provided by the Ballot agent in relation in relation to the vote which occurred opened on 2 July 2015 was as follows:

"The final results for the Australian Public Service Commission Enterprise Agreement 2015-18 Ballot are:
• n = 188 valid votes were cast via the online and telephone mechanisms during the declared polling period (see below). This represents 80.34% of the roll of eligible voters (N = 234 staff) provided to ORIMA Research.
• Of these valid votes, n = 123 are in support of the proposed Enterprise Agreement (‘Yes’ votes), and n = 65 are not in support of the proposed Enterprise Agreement (‘No’ votes).
• As a percentage of total valid votes cast:
• 65.43% are in support of the Commission’s proposed Enterprise Agreement (‘Yes’ votes); and • 34.57% are not in support of the Commission’s proposed Enterprise Agreement (‘No’ votes)."

No further breakdown in relation to details of vote by employee location, APS level or other criteria was provided.

I trust this satisfies your request.

Jo Motbey
Australian Public Service Commission
Level 6, Aviation House, 16 Furzer Street, PHILLIP ACT 2606
E: [email address]

Important: This e-mail is for the use of the intended recipients only and may contain information that is confidential, commercially valuable and/or subject to legal privilege. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that any review, re-transmission, disclosure, dissemination or other use of, or taking any action in reliance upon this information is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete all electronic and hard copies of this transmission together with any attachments.

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