National Parks and Wildlife Service bulletin

Dec 21, 2017

National Parks and Wildlife Service bulletin – December 2017 (PDF version)

Yesterday, the PSA met with OEH Chief Executive Anthony Lean, Executive Director Parks Program Michael Wright and Director Employee Relations Tony O’Donnell, in order to progress matters raised with the Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton last week.

As a result of these discussions, the PSA was able to achieve:

  • Recruitment – A commitment recruitment going forward would be implemented in a cascading manner, that is from top down. There would also be sufficient time in between the applications and appointments in one grade/classification, before applications open for the following grades/classifications. This will result in affected staff knowing if they have been successful or not in one application before being required to make a decision on other jobs.
  • Salary maintenance – The PSA has been advocating that in situations where an employee accepts a role with lower remuneration with their consent they are entitled to three months’ salary maintenance. OEH committed to a process where if an employee instigates a placement to a lower remunerated position, and that person is successful in being placed in that role, the person will not start in that role for three months, effectively paying them three months’ salary maintenance. The PSA awaits further details and confirmation in writing of these salary matching principles.

In regards to the SFS 3 role, OEH have refused to acknowledge that affected staff other than SFS, FS and SFO should have the opportunity to apply for the newly created SFS 3 role. While the Government Sector Employment Act, Rules, Regulations and other associated policies do not allow for the agency to pick and choose individual classifications of staff that they will limit promotional opportunities to, OEH would rather honour a “deal” with the AWU to preference a select group of staff over other affected staff.

Any “deal” which preferences one group of staff affected by a restructure over another group of staff in promotional decisions is neither transparent, fair, nor based on the principles of merit. The PSA will progress the matter in the relevant industrial jurisdiction and is committed to standing up for all staff affected by this restructure. The PSA does not agree to deals which allow for the creation of the lowest paid jobs in the Public Service in exchange for restricted promotional opportunities.

NPWS recently thanked staff for the passion and commitment that you bring to your jobs every day. It is a shame that when it comes to committing to a fair and transparent process for managing change, they are unable to replicate that good will. It is clear actions speak louder than words.

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OEH – NPWS member update – December 2017

Dec 18, 2017

OEH – NPWS member update – Dec 2017 (PDF version)

The PSA appeared in the IRC for the 12th time regarding the restructure on the 7th December 2017. During proceedings the PSA raised concerns with the recruitment process being offered for the Senior Field Supervisor 3 role.

Members will be aware OEH has proposed recruitment to the new SFS3 roles will be limited to SFS, FS and SFO staff only, before advertising externally. The PSA advised the Government Sector Employment Act, Rules, Regulations and other associated policies do not allow the agency to pick and choose individual classifications of staff that they will limit internal recruitment to, in cases of promotional opportunities to different classifications of work.

The PSA met with 40 field officers in Kosciusko National Park comprising of PSA, AWU and non-members, where staff overwhelmingly endorsed recruitment for the SFS3 role be opened up to all affected NPWS staff.

All employees affected by this restructure should have the opportunity to apply regardless of your classification. If you have the skills for one of these positions, you should have the opportunity to be considered for these roles.

A PSA delegation led by General Secretary Mr Stewart Little met with the Hon. Gabriel Upton Minister for the Environment, on 12 December 2017. Also in attendance were Mr Michael Wright and Mr Anthony Lean. The PSA raised a number of issues regarding the restructure, and Mr Lean committed to reviewing what the PSA put to the Minister, with a view to meet before Friday 22 December to hopefully resolve these issues without need for further disputation through the Industrial Relations Commission.

The PSA will keep members updated with how these discussions progress.

Whilst many members will continue working over the festive season, the PSA would like to wish all members and their families’ best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

National Parks and Wildlife Service member update

Nov 30, 2017

National Parks and Wildlife Service member update – December 2017 (PDF version)

Members may be aware of the tragic events yesterday, which resulted in the death of a worker and serious injury to two others in the Blue Mountains.

The PSA offers its condolences to the families affected by this tragedy, and also to those who may have worked with and known the individuals involved.

SafeWork NSW has been notified of the incident and an extensive investigation will be undertaken.

The PSA wishes to remind members they are able to access support services provided by the agency (such as EAP) or they can contact the PSA.

Members can also contact the Workers Health Centre on 02 9749 7666 to access further support services, or they can visit www.workershealth.com.au for a number of helpful factsheets.

Stewart Little
General Secretary

National Parks and Wildlife Service staff in ‘utter despair’, says veteran – Bega District News

Nov 28, 2017

The tone of the rally in Bega on 24 November protesting against the dramatic restructure of National Parks and Wildlife was best encapsulated by one veteran staff member who said:  “To look around my office and see how people are being treated is a disgrace…It is just really sad and unprofessional the way it is being handled.”

Read the full Bega District News article HERE.

National Parks and Wildlife members take a stand in Bega

Nov 27, 2017

From the rally at Bega on 24 November to protest against the dramatic cuts in the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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National Parks and Wildlife Service Day of Action – Bega

Nov 21, 2017

National Parks and Wildlife Service Day of Action – Bega – November 2017 (PDF version)

As advised in the bulletin distributed last week, the PSA wishes to remind members of another Day of Action being held in Bega on Friday 24 November.

The PSA has been speaking with a number of community organisations in the area, who remain opposed at the current restructure and the effect it will have on the dedicated and hardworking staff of NPWS.

Details are as below:

Friday 24 November

12:00pm-1:00pm

Littleton Gardens, Zingel Place, Bega

Download the flyer HERE.

The day of action is not Industrial Action, and the PSA is not directing any of its members to stop work. However members may wish to attend an event near them in their lunch breaks, and are strongly encouraged to do so.

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