Request for information about savings resulting from protracted EA bargaining

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Dear Department of Finance,

The protracted APS bargaining on Enterprise Agreements across the Commonwealth Public Service means that 130,000 people who work in the public sector still don’t have a new enterprise agreement, almost 85% of the total workforce.

Given that 130,000 employees have not realised a pay rise in two years, under FOI provisions I wish to request that you provide -

a) Documentation outlining how much money the Commonwealth Government has saved as a result of not having to pay 85% of their workforce a pay rise since their previous EAs expired; and
b) Related to this, documentation outlining the amount that has been saved by the Commonwealth Government in payments to superannuation funds as a result of 85% of their workforce not receiving an increases in their superannuable salary for the past two years.

I realise that the Commonwealth Government is not the direct employer of public servants; their departments are. However, the savings have been achieved by the Commonwealth Government.

Yours faithfully,

Red

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Dear Red,

 

Freedom of Information Request – FOI 16/68

Thank you for your email to the Department of Finance (Finance) requesting
access to the following under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act).

 

The protracted APS bargaining on Enterprise Agreements across the
Commonwealth Public Service means that 130,000 people who work in the
public sector still don’t have a new enterprise agreement, almost 85% of
the total workforce.

 

Given that 130,000 employees have not realised a pay rise in two years,
under FOI provisions I wish to request that you provide -

a) Documentation outlining how much money the Commonwealth Government has
saved as a result of not having to pay 85% of their workforce a pay rise
since their previous EAs expired; and

b) Related to this, documentation outlining the amount that has been saved
by the Commonwealth Government in payments to superannuation funds as a
result of 85% of their workforce not receiving an increases in their
superannuable salary for the past two years.

 

I realise that the Commonwealth Government is not the direct employer of
public servants; their departments are. However, the savings have been
achieved by the Commonwealth Government.

 

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Regards, Kira

[2]Department of Finance and Deregulation

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T: 02 6215 1783 E: [email address]

 

 

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Good afternoon Red,

 

Please find attached, a decision in regards to your FOI request (our
reference number FOI 16/68).

 

Regards,

[1]Department of Finance and Deregulation

FOI Officer

Legal Services Branch

Corporate Services Division

Department of Finance

T: 02 6215 1783 E: [email address]

 

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