2012 Enterprise Agreement Signed

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PNG Power Ltd (PPL), PNG Energy Workers Association (PNGEWA) and the Public Employees Association (PEA) PPL Branch signed off a new deal for the terms and conditions of PPL employees on Friday August 3.

The finalising of the 2012 Enterprise Agreement (EA) between the three parties will see key benefits for staff improved, superseding the 2009 agreement.

The milestone event was witnessed by PPL staff, PPL management, IPBC representative Parkop Kurua, Industrial Registrar Helen Saleu, Deputy Secretary Operations for the Department of Labour, Mary Morola, Trade Union Congress Acting Secretary Anton Sekum and PEA General Secretary Ronald Silovo.

Chairman of the Enterprise Agreement Steering Committee Bennie Smith said the agreement was a result of great negotiations.

He said the agreement was just the beginning and emphasised that the job was at hand to ensure the implementation aspect of the agreement.

“After being involved in Enterprise Agreement negotiations in three different countries, let me tell you that this was just as tough but the most professional I have ever being a part of.

“The negotiations caused both sides of the table to elicit trust, empathy, compromise and lots of communication.

“I am very excited that the negotiation team agreed that from now, we will use the consultative committee processes to communicate and to resolve issues,” he added.

PPL CEO Tony Koiri said the agreement will run for three years till 2015 adding that human resource is the important asset of any organisation and they should be well taken care of.

The key benefits where staff will experience changes include;

- Grade 09 officers been put on Contracts

- Barrier rate for overtime been removed and staff to be compensated at their respective rate

- Recreation leave accruals in creased from 18 to 20 days per annum

- Staff with more than 15 years of service are allowed to cash-out their long service leave (LSL) entitlements and for those with 3 years service will be allowed to cash-out 50% of their LSL.

- Repatriation cost will no longer be paid to the supplier but instead be paid to the employee

- ‘Haus Krai’ PPL contribution has been increased by 100% for staff deaths

- PPL will assist with coffin & transportation upon death of staff dependents within locality and cash for death of biological parents

- Furnishing allowance will now be paid every 5 years instead of one-off payment

- New provisions for Land assistance included

- A significant increase in staff allowances specifically; Accommodation, High Voltage, Tool, Overtime meal, Duty Travel, Construction, Day trip travel, etc.

- Single line salary is been replaced with a broadband of four (4) steps tied down with performance. The single line salary has no flexibility for progression and promotion. The new salary allows progression as it is tied with performance with four step progression.

- The 2009 EA embraces 3% CPI increments while the 2012 now incorporates an increase of 2% bringing to 5% CPI inclusive.

- With the governments talk on revitalising and outsourcing the generation sector the 2012 EA has included a protective clause where staff can be guaranteed of service entitlements in the event of another company taking over certain aspects of PPL operations.

He said at the onset, economic boom and challenging social, political and economic conditions was affecting all sectors of the economy and the PPL management maintains its stand to value its most important asset, its people.

Mr Koiri said the EA is a testament of the open dialogue and mollifying approach the PPL management had taken towards the challenges and demands of the two unions.

He called on all parties to work together to support the PPL management and also the government of the day and implement its directives and policies and report back on the progress of implementation to the management on a regular basis, through open dialogue.

EWA National President Eddie Gisa said one of the major principals of the agreement commits all parties to be fair and honest, allowing for the development and efficiency of the business and productivity and increasing the commercial success of PPL.

He said the consultation processes has ensured the success of this agreement and has opened doors allowing for the smooth transition for the negotiations which cements the trust between the Management, Unions and the employees. This has set a benchmark in allowing for fruitful negotiations in the future.

Being a technical orientated organisation, the 2012 Enterprise Agreement is yet another milestone for all employees at different levels of professions in PPL, who have tirelessly contributed directly and indirectly to ensure that service delivery was at its best despite the law and order problems and criticism by the Government and public at large, said Mr. Gisa.

PEA PPL Branch President Polapan Kilangit also shared some thoughts saying only change that is people based will work in the long run.

He said organisations depend on success from their employees and that you need a high level of employee satisfaction if the company is to perform at its best as dissatisfied employees will soon leave or worse, perform badly.

Mr. Kilangit said the honour is now in the hands of PPL EMT, Line Managers, Team Leaders and all staff to practically apply the 2012 Enterprise Agreement and practiced as its intended rationale purpose to serve the interest of PNG Power with great respect, changed mind set and attitude, and a better working relationship into the future.

Both men thanked Mr. Koiri, Mr. Luke Ambu and team, the Steering Committee led by Mr. Smith and the Unions in fairly negotiating this very important document for our the members and the general workforce.

They also paid tribute to their immediate supervisors, including those of their executives for showing flexibility in allowing them to attend all the meetings for the last six (6) to seven (7) months of negotiations.

Meanwhile Deputy Secretary DOL, Mrs Morola said the agreement was a superior one to the current Employment Act and commended those who contributed in putting it together.

The 2012 EA is now with Department of Labour for the registration process. HR is putting in place the implementation process that will see its execution.