The Enterprise Agreement covering many USU members employed by HCF is due for renewal on 30 June, 2021.
So what’s happening about a new EA?
- In March this year the USU approached HCF Management with a view to commencing negotiations but HCF said they were not ready to start.
- In April HCF Management advised your Union that they were now ready to negotiate and wanted to rollover the current EA for one year to allow a period of adjustment following the impact of Covid.
- This rollover means there will be no changes to the existing conditions of your employment and the only change would be a negotiated pay increase.
- The first offer put forward by HCF was well below an acceptable rate however using USU member feedback your negotiating team was able to negotiate a better outcome than first offered by Management.
Your Union was successful in having HCF Management review their position and the current offer is as follows:
- 2.00% increase to salaries for all employees covered by the EA.
- Increase effective on a successful vote and paid in the first pay period in July 2021.
- Negotiations for the full renegotiation of the EA to commence around February 2022.
Management also mentioned they would increase the Employer Superannuation Contributions by 0.5% in July 2021 and this was “on top” of the 2.00% salary increase.
The truth is all employers are obligated to increase the superannuation rate they pay on behalf of their employees as this is a Federal Government directive.
The superannuation amount should not be included in the context of this offer due to this fact.
Although the Union would have liked a higher salary increase the 2.00% on offer is competitive in the current economic climate and the USU recommends members support the proposal when it comes time to vote.
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