Trend to employee inclusion on redundancies: ADAM

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Trend to employee inclusion on redundancies: ADAM

Wage rises in certified agreements registered in the December quarter rose by half a percentage point from the previous quarter, according to the latest report from ACIRRT's Agreements Database and Monitor.

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Wage rises in certified agreements registered in the December quarter rose by half a percentage point from the previous quarter, according to the latest report from ACIRRT's Agreements Database and Monitor.

The March ADAM report shows the average annualise wage increase for December quarter agreements was 4.5%, with public sector agreements (4.6%) delivering slightly higher quantums than private sector (4.5%) and union agreements (4.6%) delivering more than non-union deals (4.1%).

The AAWI for all current agreements was 3.9%, down slightly from the previous quarter's rise of 4%.

The highest wage outcomes came from the construction industry (4.7%), metals manufacturing and electricity, gas and water (4.3% each). The lowest-performing industries were mining (3.3%), recreational and personal services (3.4%), community services and public administration (3.5% each).

Agreements delivering higher wage outcomes - including deals providing for a 9.25% rise in construction, 8% in utilities and 6.86% in the education sector - linked pay to performance and the achievement of targets, and also absorbed penalties or allowances.

The report also highlighted the lack of movement in enterprise bargaining when it came to maternity leave (see 102/2002). Another special feature in this ADAM report was innovative provisions.

The report says agreements registered in this quarter focused on the importance of employee input into the redundancy process, with a trend towards increased consultation and transparency, and a focus on mutual benefit to the employees and company. The pattern included incentives to take up voluntary redundancy as well as pre-retirement benefits, and was especially evident in the public service, the report said.

Industrial matters also continued to be important, with agreements continuing to include union recognition and rights clauses (see the story of the last report for more details 5/2002).

The report is available from ACIRRT by subscription only. 

 

 
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