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

James Smith made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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From: James Smith

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Dear Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

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

I thank you in advance for processing this request.

Yours faithfully,

James Smith

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From: FOI
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

UNCLASSIFIED
 
File No: 17/6705
Our Ref: 1702-F1646
 
Dear Mr Smith
 
Re: Freedom of Information (FOI) Request
 
Thank you for your e-mail of 27 February 2017 in which you seek access
under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to:
 
“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 the 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.”
 
This e-mail sets out some information about how your request will be
processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
 
Searches are now being undertaken in relevant areas of the Department for
documents relevant to your request.
 
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for processing, the Department will contact you to discuss re-scoping the
request.
 
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period for processing your request commenced from the day after that
date.  You should therefore expect a decision from us by 29 March 2017. 
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Yours sincerely
 
 

FOI Team
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 

FOI & Privacy Law Section      E |  [DFAT request email]

Corporate Legal Branch      T |  +61 2 6261 1111

Legal Division W |  [4]www.dfat.gov.au

 
 

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Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


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UNCLASSIFIED
 
Dear Mr Smith
 
Please find attached the charges letter in relation to this FOI request.
 
 
Yours sincerely
 

FOI Team
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 

FOI & Privacy Law Section      E |  [DFAT request email]

Corporate Legal Branch      T |  +61 2 6261 1111

Legal Division W |  [1]www.dfat.gov.au

 
 
 

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