Registered agreements are valid until terminated or issued. If the rates of pay differed between the public affairs agreements and the legal officers, it was more likely that the Commission had accepted the lower rates of pay presented by the division, but also identified many cases where the union and the department had the same starting point. 4.2 The 2015 bargaining policy provides that the salary increases are to be applied prospectively. In other words, the negotiation policy prohibits "additional payment" for employees who work in an agency where the previous company agreement has expired and a new agreement has not been approved. 4.9 Officials such as the ACCC-PCSU bargaining team have pointed out that the wage cut resulting from the combined effects of the bargaining impasse and the ban on the down payment has effectively halved the offer of staff compensation. This means that a 3-year wage agreement of 2 percent per year corresponds to an overall increase of 6 percent over 6 years or an effective rate or 1 percent per year, as soon as the effects of 3 years without a wage increase are taken into account: if a job has a registered agreement, the price does not apply. However, Customs and Border Guards have taken urgent measures to protect Australia`s borders and minimise the impact on operations. 4.3 In practice, this means that every year when the staff of an agency is unable to conclude a company agreement, their salary does not keep up with the increase in the rate of inflation and decreases in real terms.  The 85-page agreement and the accompanying 185-page decision set out the conditions applicable to workers in the Ministry of the Interior, including the increase in working time during a standard working day, explanations of how wage classifications are harmonised and the amount of the burden paid to casual workers.
. the government deliberately delayed the provision of offers of company agreements in order to reduce real wages. For instance, the ACCC voted in March 2016 on the first offer or salary offer, when the nominal expiry date of the company agreement was June 30, 2014.  4.5 However, the prohibition on additional payment had an insidious effect on the negotiation process, eliminating the incentive for agency heads to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement. This point was highlighted by representatives of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) who submitted: our employees are an essential part of our mission to protect the Australian border and control goods and people. 4.7 The Committee has also repeatedly found that the intransigent approach of the government and the GSP Commissioner to negotiation amounts to deliberate industrial blackmail that has led officials to submit. For example, Mr. Esmond Smith, a workers` representative of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said that he felt that these directives took away our agency`s ability to actually negotiate. . . .