2.29 According to the SPG Commissioner, the average „yes“ in this round of negotiations on enterprise agreements accepted by SPG and non-SPG agencies is 67%.  2.38 It is clear that if 91 per cent of staff rejected a proposed enterprise agreement, even senior managers, who are required to represent the agreement with other workers, would not have been able to vote for it. 2.26 Seven agencies have agreed to agreements as part of the 2014 negotiating policy.  These agencies are listed in Schedule 3. 2.54 Given that there are now 73 votes against in total from public sector workers who reject enterprise agreements under the government`s negotiating policy, it is up to the government to acknowledge the failure and work quickly to resolve these smoldering wounds. 2.1 This chapter presents the broader context of the investigation by providing a short context for business bargaining in the Australian Public Service (GSP). This will then focus on the current round of negotiations, including a timetable for the ongoing negotiations and a summary of votes on the proposed enterprise agreements. 2.32 Senior managers are generally better able to hear their opinions and be more likely to be heard. GSP staff are much more concerned about changes in representation and consultation rights. Employees at the executive level accounted for 37% of employees covered by concerted agreements. 2.48 As noted by CPSU members of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, workers did not request a safeguard plan until April 2015, more than nine months after the conclusion of their previous enterprise agreements.  2.31 As of November 21, 2016, 25% of GSP employees (38,794 employees) were covered by a new enterprise agreement.
However, only 9% of SPG3 employees and 12% of SPG4 employees were covered by a new enterprise agreement. This is against 41% of EL2 employees covered by a new enterprise agreement.  2.28 As of October 27, 2016, 58 enterprise agreements have been concluded as part of the 2015 negotiating policy.  Agencies that have agreed to new agreements as part of the 2015 negotiating policy are listed in Schedule 3. 2.52 The results of many votes on enterprise agreements are eloquent. For workers in the Ministry of Human Services, many of whom receive very modest salaries, the triple-no to an agreement in just over a year confirms that the government`s negotiating framework is an absolute mess. 2.30 However, the CPSU states that „even when agreements are voted on, this is done with great reluctance, a fact that is confirmed by very narrow voices of workers, with an average of 55 per cent yes, 45 per cent „no“ in these agencies. KPdSU also notes that since the 2016 federal election, 10 of the agencies that complete a „yes“ vote had fewer than 100 employees.  2.4 However, commentators such as Paddy Gourley have argued that the Keating government has no intention of implementing the decentralized system for more than one or two wage negotiations.  Indeed, the last round of GSP negotiations under the Keating government was a centralized agreement: Continuous Improvement in the Australian Public Service Enterprise Agreement: 1995-96: Agreement Between the Commonwealth Government and the Public Sector Unions.
 2.53 The size of the „no“ to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection indicates the department`s enormous dissatisfaction.