If you come from another council, you can also bring your existing leave rights. Wollongong, which has its own industrial agreement, is one of the few councils not to have signed the Splinter Award. However, according to a spokesperson, all permanent employees continue to be paid as usual. Illawarra Council members who are no longer able to perform their work receive an allowance and have access to special leave, as the local government sector is facing financial losses and major changes in its operations during the COVID-19 Shellharbour General Manager Carey McIntyre pandemic, said the Council has signed the Splinter Award to “ensure that employees receive as much protection as possible.” This means that councils that have registered must look for other suitable jobs for workers whose regular jobs have been affected by closures, and if this is not possible, they receive a weekly allowance of about $850 for 13 weeks. Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven are among more than 100 councils across the state that are signing a new “Splinter Award” negotiated by unions and applicable to all employees whose jobs are affected by the pandemic. “In accordance with its current enterprise agreement, Wollongong City Council has the flexibility to negotiate directly with the united unions,” the city council said. In this context, the Council provided $1.5 million in investment projects to stimulate the local economy and create new employment opportunities for Council members and local contractors during the crisis. The Commission stated that despite the closure of libraries, gymnasiums, community facilities and swimming pools, most workers were still in their regular jobs. “All permanent Council employees will continue to be paid and will take on work that benefits the community,” the spokesperson said. Wollongong is a great place to work and live. Learn more about our Wollongong pages.
“Many of these workers have already been stripped without pay or forced to take time off, which has put them in real financial difficulty.” Our employees are employed as part of our Enterprise Agreement PDF, 1157.6 KB. “We know we are a major employer in Wollongong, and the steps we are taking to support our employees and their families, most of whom live there, will help our community through this difficult and worrying time.” Our in-house wellness program provides employees with access to information and programs such as workout classes, subsidized gym memberships, annual flu shots and healthy nutritional programs. The agreement was approved late Tuesday by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and will protect thousands of jobs during the health crisis, according to the United Services Union.