Bargaining for an enterprise agreement

Last updated: 06 Nov 2017

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Marco Spaccavento delivers opening addressOn 31 October, the Australian Public Service Commission held a panel discussion to launch the Workplace Relations Capability Program. The Panel consisted of APS Commissioner John Lloyd, former Senior Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission Matthew O’Callaghan, Deputy Secretary of Defence People Group Roxanne Kelly and workplace relations consultant Peter Medlock. The panel discussed the topic “lessons learnt and bargaining strategies.” The discussion was designed to follow the natural course of bargaining for an enterprise agreement. Topics discussed included strategic direction, planning for bargaining, negotiation strategies, dealing with protected industrial action and the role of the Fair Work Commission.

The launch event saw a great turnout of workplace relations practitioners from a range of agencies across the Commonwealth. The audience engaged with the panel members and asked questions, followed by a networking opportunity after the event.

The launch event is the first of many more exciting events and communications to come as part of the Workplace Relations Capability Program.

The Workplace Relations Capability Program was developed by the Australian Public Service Commission following research and consultation with the broader public service. As workplace relations is constantly evolving, there is a need to enhance the bargaining and workplace relations capability of staff across the public service to achieve the corporate goals and objectives of agencies. The Workplace Relations Capability Program is designed to do exactly that, enhance the bargaining and workplace relations capability across the public service.

Watch this space for more exciting information!

Stephanie Foster, Deputy APS Commissioner, addressing the crowd. Roxanne Kelly participating in the panel discussion.

Gathered at the APSC WR Capability Event.