Government and Corporate Services Procurement restructure – PSA action in the Industrial Relations Commission

Sep 28, 2017

Government and Corporate Services Procurement restructure – PSA action in the Industrial Relations Commission – September 2017 (PDF version)

Thank you to all Procurement and Workplace staff who filled out the PSA survey relating to various aspects of the roll-out of the Procurement restructure.

The survey results reveal what was already apparent to the union – that work health and safety issues associated with relocation of roles to Parramatta were not the subject of consultation, much less, addressed in accordance with provisions of the WHS Act.

These issues remained unresolved so the PSA notified the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) of an industrial dispute. We had the matter listed for compulsory conference on 15 September and appeared in front of IRC Commissioner Seymour.

FWHA

At the compulsory conference, the PSA submitted its opposition to and rejection of the hours of work being set down in the new Role Descriptions, as it restricts the bandwidth hours set out in the Flexible Working Hours Agreement 2016 (FWHA) and attempts to circumvent the principles of flexibility found in the FWHA.

The bandwidth hours currently available under the FWHA are 7.00am to 7.00pm, Monday to Friday.

The PSA argued that there was no plausible reason for changing the arrangements that currently operate throughout the organisation that have been managed successfully by supervising staff for many years. We argued the need for DFSI to provide the PSA with the business justification for any such changes to allow the union to provide a full and proper response. Without this information, members are effectively being denied the right to natural justice.

DFSI responded by stating that the FWHA allows them to make changes to the bandwidth.

Commissioner Seymour made the point that consultation is not simply the provision of information, it is about considering responses and being open to changing your position.

Essentially this unfortunately went nowhere.

Relocation of staff: WHS issues

The PSA argued that the Department’s failure to carry out a risk assessment constituted a breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Further, its failure to consult with workers directly with matters which “may affect” their work health and safety amounts to a breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

We argued that consultation, prior to the announcement of the restructure would have highlighted the risks to the psychosocial health and welfare of staff, and provided a management strategy.

We used the survey results to demonstrate our point.

Where are we now

The PSA would like to hear from members who have been adversely affected by the RMP. Please contact the PSA at WHS@psa.asn.au or call Ian Tuit on 0402 057 418.

Recommendations made by the Commissioner

  • DFSI to provide a document to the PSA by Friday 29 September that shows how it manages WHS risks arising from an RMP
  • PSA to respond, showing why we view the DFSI document as being inadequate, or inconsistent, and show how it ought to be improved to meet legislative requirements
  • a meeting to take place between the PSA and DFSI and any affected members who still continue to have concerns in relation to the restructure
  • report back to the IRC on Tuesday 17 October.

DFSI – KPIs for managers to reduce your unplanned leave

Sep 26, 2017

DFSI – KPIs for managers to reduce your unplanned leave – September 2017 (PDF version)

Concerns have been expressed by members across DFSI on the implementation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for managers. One KPI encourages managers to reduce your rate of unplanned leave. In essence, a manager’s performance is being measured against how much of your unplanned leave they are able to reduce.

This is wholly inappropriate. Implementing such KPIs for managers will inevitably lead to management practices which conflict with sick leave and FACS leave entitlements.

Examples of this practice have recently been brought to the attention of the PSA, including examples of staff being pressured to use a portion of recreation leave in instances where they have applied for a period of carer’s/FACS leave.

The PSA has raised this matter directly with DFSI Secretary Martin Hoffman at the September Joint Consultative Committee meeting, expressing our concerns with this policy.

If you have been pressured by your manager in this way, please notify your union delegate. Where a member has been pressured to use rec leave in instances where they were entitled to access sick/carers or FACS leave, the PSA will advocate to recredit that leave.

PSA bulletin and meeting notice – DFSI – Better Regulation – Customer Experience

Sep 18, 2017

DFSI – Better Regulation – Customer Experience – Sept 2017 (PDF version)

KPIs for managers to reduce your unplanned leave

Concerns have been expressed by members across Customer Experience, and raises particular concern for the PSA, on the implementation of KPIs for managers.  One KPI encourages managers to reduce your rate of unplanned leave. In essence, a manager’s performance is being measured against how much of your unplanned leave they are able to reduce.

This is wholly inappropriate. Implementing such KPIs for managers will inevitably lead to management practices which conflict with sick leave and FACS leave entitlements.

Examples of this practice have recently been brought to the attention of the PSA, including examples of staff being pressured to use a portion of recreation leave in instances where they have applied for a period of carers/FACs leave.

If your manager has pressured you in this way please notify your union delegate.

Recreation leave exceeding 25 days

Also, some members have been requested by their managers to make provision to reduce their recreation leave balance when it exceeds 25 days.

Members should be aware that the only time Management can direct you to take recreation leave is when your accrued balance reaches six weeks.

The relevant Clause of your Award states:

Cl 77.2.3   The Department Head shall notify the staff member in writing when accrued recreation leave reaches 6 weeks or its hourly equivalent and direct staff to take at least 2 weeks recreation leave within 3 months of the notification at a time convenient to the Department.

The PSA will be holding a members’ meeting this Thursday, 21 September to discuss and sort through these issues.

From:       12:30-1:30pm

Address:  Customer Experience

Level 8, Room MQT08-M01-16V

Macquarie Tower

10 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta

 

 

DFSI Corporate Procurement and workplace survey

Jul 31, 2017

DFSI Corporate Procurement and workplace survey – July 2017 (PDF version)

Dear member,

The Restructure Management Plan (RMP) for the Corporate Procurement and Workplace group proposes relocating positions and changing hours of work.

The PSA is interested to know how these proposals affect you.

PSA survey

The survey is designed to give members an opportunity to provide information on the RMP proposals in confidence to the PSA. Information collected will be de-identified and used to give DFSI a better understanding of the impacts of their proposals.

Please answer the survey only to the extent that you are comfortable. There are no compulsory questions in the survey.

The PSA will report the de-identified results of the survey in a bulletin to members, and with the employer at a meeting to discuss the RMP.

Please contact the PSA’s Work Health Safety Unit at whsunit@psa.asn.au if you would like discuss the relocation proposal.

The survey is HERE and will close at midnight on Monday 7 August 2017.

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison and PSA petition to stop 40 Office of State Revenue jobs moving from Maitland to Gosford – The Maitland Mercury

Jul 24, 2017

The PSA’s fight to stop 40 Office of State Revenue jobs moving from Maitland to Gosford has been taken up by the Maitland Mercury.

Red the full The Maitland Mercury article HERE.

Long Service Leave Corporation Bulletin – 18 July 2017

Jul 18, 2017

Long Service Leave Corp – Resturcture update – July 2017 (PDF version)

On Wednesday last week the PSA met with NSW Treasury representatives Vicki Telfer, Brigitte Fairbank and Kathy Skuta. We requested a two-week extension for the deadline for the PSA’s feedback, based on the fact management had not provided us with all of the role descriptions. Particularly, we sought the release of the RDs for ALL 7/8 roles, ALL 9/10 roles as well as the new Senior Project Officer role – which didn’t exist in old structure.

Management has since provided the requested RDs and has granted the PSA until the end of this week (Friday 21 July) to submit our feedback.

We are currently working on our submission, which covers a number of points raised by members, and can update shortly.

Members with specific questions or wanting industrial advice should approach their delegate or contact PSA Industrial Officer Matthew Drake-Brockman directly mdrake-brockman@psa.asn.au

Finally, we sought clarification from management on whether the restructure is in part due to the positive organisational report about the Corporation, such as the PosOrg report, and requested a right of reply to anything negative or incorrect in it. Vicki Telfer advised by return email that the proposed restructure has nothing to do with the work about culture undertaken by PosOrg, and more to do with “enhancing the overall efficiency and effectiveness of LS Corporation by ensuring a structure that is fit for purpose”.

 

 

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