The Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) negotiated by the United Firefighter’s Union of Australia, West Australian Branch just after the current Government was elected in 2017 officially expires today, 9 June 2020.

Among other things, the expiring EBA compels both DFES and the UFU to start negotiating its replacement at least 6 months prior to today but evidently because of COVID-19, the next EBA won’t be agreed for at least another 10 days on 19 June. In an Operational Circular, DFES has declared a Government commitment to preserve the operative date of the new EBA, stating:

“This means that wage increases will be backdated if the replacement agreement is registered at a later date. This allows the parties to continue discussions without disadvantaging employees.”


Sponsor's message

As you can see in the full text of the Circular below, the Department aims to make a “formal offer” to the Union by 19 June.


OPERATIONAL CIRCULAR 36/2020

File: D15705

June 2020

PRESERVATION OF THE OPERATIVE DATE FOR THE WA FIRE SERVICE EBA

Key Message

Sponsor's message

Government has committed to preserving the operative date of a replacement Western Australia Fire Service Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (WAFEBA) and the Department aims to make an offer by 19 June 2020.

What is happening?

The WAFEBA 2017 expires on 9 June 2020. To date, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has been unable to make a formal offer due to the effects COVID-19 has had on external processes and negotiations with the United Professional Firefighters Union.

In light of the effects of COVID-19 the Government has committed to preserving the operative date of the replacement agreement. This means that wage increases will be backdated if the replacement agreement is registered at a later date. This allows the parties to continue discussions without disadvantaging employees.

A conference held in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 4 June 2020 allowed both parties to convey their understanding of the progress of negotiations with the Department advising it is aiming to make a formal offer by 19 June 2020.

CRAIG WATERS
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OPERATIONS

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