A new report from the IPA's James Paterson and PhD candidate Aaron Lane has found Australian Public Service employees enjoy significantly better working conditions and pay than private sector employees.
The report was featured in The Australian ($) today:
The report, Driving a soft bargain, states that superannuation entitlements in the Australian Public Service are a standard 15.4 cent, compared with the 9.5 per cent minimum guarantee, after analysing agreements from Human Services, Immigration, Defence, Health and Customs and Border Protection, among others.
And it highlights “union control” clauses and “taxpayer-funded benefits” for union delegates. “Worryingly, all APS agreements entitle union delegates to paid leave to undertake union training and engage in industrial proceedings,” the report said.
“Management must consult with unions and union representatives on almost every aspect of operations — and union officials and workplace union delegates have mandated positions on consultation committees.”
Public-sector agreements also tend to include performance-management clauses, making it “difficult and time-consuming for management to dismiss underperforming employees”.
“In one department, it takes more than 24 weeks for the mandated time period to elapse — and the decision to terminate can then be internally and externally reviewed,’’ the report said.
The institute’s James Paterson said the report provided “a weight of evidence supporting arguments that the public-sector union’s ambit claims in the current (enterprise bargaining) negotiations are unjustified’’.