Office of State Revenue – Maitland – Regrading issue

Dec 14, 2016

Office of State Revenue Maitland – Regrading issue – Dec 2016 (PDF version)

Grade 1/2 update

The PSA last communicated with OSR Maitland members in September this year, updating them on the progress of the dispute between the PSA and OSR Management regarding the incorrect grading of Grade 1/2 roles.

UPDATE: 13 December 2016

Management released a detailed response to the PSA last week, and followed this up with a teleconference/briefing with Industrial Advocates Jann Jeffries and Matthew Drake-Brockman, as well as your delegates Carolyn Dean and Daniel Ackling.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the Department rejected the PSA’s argument for a regrading of the Grade 1/2 clerks to 3/4s. The PSA’s argument included our detailed submission from January 2016 as well as a Briefing Note submitted by an OSR Maitland Assistant Director in 2015, which argued in favour of a regrading.

While the advice from the Department is disappointing, it is astounding it has gone against the Briefing Note by somebody in its organisation who has an understanding of the local issues and tasks in question. It is equally astounding and disappointing it has gone ahead and engaged an in-house evaluator to conduct the review of the roles. The PSA has consistently argued from the beginning that what must occur to ensure integrity in the process is an independent, external, Mercer-trained evaluator.

Your PSA industrial officers are in the process of working through the content of their response and deciding on our next steps. In the meantime, what is clear is the process is flawed. It did not use an external evaluator when evaluating the roles, and no consideration was given to what duties staff actually perform, which would include conversations with staff and their managers. These two methods must occur in order to determine the appropriate grading.

During the teleconference/briefing, the PSA pressed management that, given the sensitivity of the release of the information, they confront members in person, to respond to their questions and feedback, as a courtesy to allow staff to voice their views. This would also meet the Department’s duty of care obligations to its staff. We suggested one of the authors of the department’s response, as well as Michele Paphitis, should address the Maitland staff.

Management agreed to this.

Despite Management’s decision, the PSA does not intend to walk away from this. We will be looking into engaging our own independent evaluator, and will also explore the option of taking this to arbitration.

Dept. of Finance, Services & Innovation – Clean desk policy

Dec 12, 2016

Dept. of Finance, Services & Innovation – Clean desk policy – December 2016 (PDF version)

‘Hot-desking’

The NSW Government is attempting to squeeze more workers into less space with its “hot desk policy”. The PSA views this as an attempt to minimise rental expenses for government accommodation in buildings they have sold and are now renting off private interests.

This is, on the whole, being done without adequate consultation with staff and the PSA, without taking into account the types of work being undertaken. It is done without consultation about workers’ individual work, their safety needs or access to alternate work locations, including working from home.

We invite all PSA members who work at DFSI to take this three-minute survey on how DFSI’s clean desk policy will affect your work and workplace.

Complete the survey HERE.

The PSA is currently in dispute with the Department over its failure to recognise its obligation to consult with the PSA. We have argued in front of Commissioner Stanton that the DFSI must consult with the union on matters that may affect the health and safety of its workforce within the meaning of section 49(d) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

We had a win with the Commissioner, recommending the Department must engage with the union to discuss outstanding WHS issues. That will occur of coming weeks.

To learn more about the campaign against hot or scorched desking join us for a huge end-of-year Christmas members’ meeting at McKell at 1pm Friday 16 December.

The PSA will provide lunch and other assorted snacks and drinks.

Please join us.

What the sale of the Land Titles Registry means

Dec 8, 2016

Esther Han, from the Sydney Morning Herald, nails the importance of the Land Titles Registry and why we should all be seriously concerned by its sale.

NSW Premier Mike Baird points to Canada to justify land titles registry sell-off – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 8, 2016

Pressure from the PSA and its serious concerns about the privatisation of the Land Titles Registry has forced Mike Baird to try and justify the sell off.

His arguments were anything but convincing.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

Department of Finance, Services & Innovation member update

Dec 8, 2016

Department of Finance Services and Innovation member update – December 2016 (PDF version)

The Department of Finance, Services Departmental Committee (DC) met on 24 November 2016. The DC was attended by delegates from areas across the recently restructured Department of Finance, Services & Innovation (DFSI).

Given the significant changes within the Department over the past year, your delegates noted the need for many members to update their workplace details with the PSA to reflect the new structure of DFSI being:

  • Customer Services
  • ICT & Digital Innovation
  • Regulation
  • Property and Advisory
  • Revenue
  • Government and Corporate Services.

Your PSA DFSI delegates would like to contact members in their areas, facilitate building relationships at the worksite and work to establish workplace groups where multiple agencies exist in one building. To this end it is imperative members make sure their PSA membership details are correct.

Please go to the PSA website and check your details are correct, or let us know if you have changed agency, moved work site, changed contact numbers, changed email addresses or even moved house.

Access the PSA website HERE.

This should not take more than a few minutes online. Thanks for assisting your delegates to work for yourself and other PSA members in DFSI.

Baird government has no industry support for privatisation of land titles registry – The Sydney Morning Herald

Dec 1, 2016

The PSA demands the LPI sale be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption in the Sydney Morning Herald. The story includes a photo of rallying LPI members.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article HERE.

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