“This agreement, already signed by the overwhelming majority of NSW boards, provides safety and security for workers in these difficult times and keeps more employees in paid employment for longer. The Splinter Award, valid for 12 months, has been specifically focused on the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis and applies in addition to the existing distinction and company agreements that could be concluded within individual boards. “We continue to work with other boards and expect others to sign up for the Splinter Award and have the same support and support for their employees during the current crisis.” Graeme Kelly, general secretary of the United Services Union, said the deal was aimed at saving jobs and providing financial security for local government workers who are facing the dramatic effects of the current pandemic. Negotiated between local government unions, councils and the local employers` association Government NSW, more than 100 councils have already signed the Local Government (COVID-19) Splinter Award 2020, approved late Tuesday by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission. The councils of Shoalhaven City, Kiama, Eurobodalla and Bega Shire have all signed a working agreement that will protect thousands of local government jobs during the current health crisis. “The main features are the obligation for councils to look for alternative work in which staff can be relocated during the crisis, as well as special leave provisions and job retention allowance that ensure a minimum financial safety net for all employed local civil servants. “Many of these workers have already been dismissed without pay or forced to take accumulated leave, which has put them in real financial difficulties.” This Splinter award offers immediate help to our members, especially those working in services that are closed or disrupted by COVID-19, such as libraries and water centers,” Kelly said. Workers can also be granted up to four weeks of special leave at their normal wages to cover any period during which no work can be done, including when an employee must self-isolate. Get our Editor`s Weekly Wrap with the best local news and stories as well as our Breaking News alerts. Boards should seek other suitable work for employees whose regular jobs have been affected by mandatory closures or other modifications, and if this is not possible, these workers receive a weekly employment allowance of $858.20 for a period of 13 weeks. The Workplace Deal provides job retention benefits for workers who are unable to perform their regular duties due to COVID-19 service closures. .