||The parties acknowledge the mutual benefits to be derived from joint consultation and agree to establish a Union-Management Senior Joint Consultation (SJC) Committee to provide joint consultation on terms and conditions of employment, and other matters of mutual concern. The SJC Committee shall discuss and attempt to arrive at mutually agreeable solutions to problems or issues identified by either party.
||The terms of reference of the SJC Committee shall be determined jointly by the parties, be subject to amendment only by mutual consent, and form part of the Collective Agreement. Terms of reference shall be developed within six months of the signing of the Collective Agreement.
||SJC Committee meetings shall be held when required, with no fewer than one per quarter, by agreement of the President of the Union and the Deputy Minister of the Department of Human Resources, or his/her designated representatives. Additional meetings may be convened as required at the request of either party.
||No SJC Committee meeting will be official unless at least three (3) representatives from each party attend, including the President of the Union and the Deputy Minister of the Department of Human Resources, or his/her designated representatives.
||Up to three (3) Union members of the SJC Committee who are not on leave under article 12.09 shall be granted leave with pay to attend SJC Committee meetings.
||Minutes of the Committee meetings shall be prepared and signed by at least one member of each party.