The Benevolent Society bulletin

Dec 22, 2017

The Benevolent Society bulletin – December 2017 (PDF version)

Coverage dispute – Fair Work Commission report back

On 15 December 2017, the CPSU NSW and our lawyers attended the hearing at the Fair Work Commission in relation to coverage.

You can read our previous bulletin on this dispute HERE.

Witnesses from both TBS and CPSU NSW were cross-examined at length. Commissioner Johns has reserved his decision which is likely to be delivered in early 2018.

The CPSU NSW delivered our evidence and argued our case well.

We are hopeful that there will be a positive outcome for members.

If we are successful this will result in the CPSU NSW resuming our visits and regular member meetings.

We know this has been a difficult time for members and we believe this matter will be resolved shortly.

Your union meets with management

On 21 December 2017, the CPSU NSW met with management representatives from The Benevolent Society to discuss consultation moving forward. Accompanying us were your elected CPSU NSW delegates.

At the meeting, the CPSU NSW clarified that our Right of Entry for visits and member meetings would be under the CPSU name, that the entire Crown Employees Award has become a “copied state instrument” and advised that we would be formally seeking regular consultative forums in the new year to deal with issues of importance to our members.

For more information on the operation of a “copied state instrument” click HERE.

CPSU NSW delegates represent you with management

Your CPSU NSW delegates can support and represent you with management.

To find out who your CPSU NSW Advisory Committee delegate is click HERE.

Know someone who isn’t a member?

A strong union means better outcomes for all members. Forward this bulletin to your colleagues and encourage your workmates to JOIN the PSA today.

Having your union and its collective strength behind you in the workplace is the only way to make sure you get fair outcomes.

Land Registry Services bulletin

Dec 22, 2017

Land Registry Services bulletin – December 2017 (PDF version)

e-Conveyancing is coming.

How safe is your job?

It is no secret that e-Conveyancing will lead to a reduction in staff numbers. Management consider that the aging demographic will allow natural attrition to account for the staffing level. Members aren’t confident of this however, and would like to see the LRS modelling on this issue.

Are you being denied Flex Leave?

Members across a number of agencies are reporting a tendency from management to introduce arbitrary practices regards managing flex leave.

If you have an issue or hear of anything out of the ordinary in your area contact the CPSU NSW – we can make anonymous representations on your behalf.

The CPSU NSW is your union and consults monthly with management.

We are the union who negotiated the transfer over to your new employer and we will be the union involved in negotiating your future enterprise agreement.

We have been involved in:

  • Pushing for and achieving a 2.5% pay increase from 1 July 2017 in compliance with the public sector pay increase
  • consistently fighting for the best outcome in and outside Parliament regarding the LPI privatisation
  • standing up against Premier Berejiklian when she made arrogant and misguided comments toward LPI staff

If you have an individual issue, contact the CPSU NSW Member Support Centre on Ph:
1300 772 679 or membersupport@psa.asn.au

If you’re aware of any issue which affects you and your colleagues collectively contact your CPSU NSW Organiser, Ian Little, ilittle@psa.asn.au

If you’re not a CPSU NSW member yet join online: https://membership.psa.asn.au/Register

Christmas closedown period

Dec 22, 2017

The PSA and CPSU NSW will be closed for the Christmas period from 12.30pm Friday 22 December and will reopen on 2 January at 9am with limited staff.

We will resume full operation on 8 January, 2018.

Gladys Berejiklian – The Grinch who stole Christmas

Dec 21, 2017

Gladys Berejiklian – The Grinch who stole Christmas – December 2017 (PDF version)

As Stewart Little, General Secretary, informed you in his Christmas message a few weeks back – the PSA wrote to the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, regarding Christmas Eve Concessional Leave for Public Servants.

If you are working on the morning of Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December), you are entitled to concessional leave for the afternoon after you have worked a standard half day. If you have to work the afternoon as well, you can take your concessional leave on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve (Sunday 31 December).

Traditionally, concessional leave was made available to staff working on the Friday prior to Christmas Eve when it was the last regular business day prior to Christmas.

The former Premier, Mike Baird, ended this practice last year without any consultation with the PSA. As was noted, this entitlement has been enjoyed by public servants for close to 100 years without interruption – be it depression or war.

Despite receiving our letter in mid-November asking for her to reinstate the entitlement, Premier Berejiklian has still has not responded!

This is a government that doesn’t care for tradition or for the people who keep this state running.

The PSA will be lodging an application in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to have the Christmas Concessional Leave entitlement recognised in our Awards and end this farce.

Unfortunately, the inability, or unwillingness, of the Premier to respond to our simple request means public servants will have had their Concessional Leave stolen for a second year running by the Christmas Grinch.

FACS Executive – tone deaf to staff needs

Dec 21, 2017

FACS executive – tone deaf to staff needs – December 2017 (PDF version)

Members have heard rumours FACS was on the move to Sydney Olympic Park. However, when the PSA pursued the issue with Deputy Secretary John Hubby, we were told nothing could be said because the proposal was “commercial in confidence”.

This is not the first time the Coalition Government and senior bureaucrats have hidden behind commercial in confidence as an excuse to justify their reluctance to consult with the PSA and our members.

Now Deputy Secretary Hubby has put out an announcement that reads like a press release confirming FACS is indeed moving to Sydney Olympic Park and we’ve been told after the event there will be consultation with the PSA.

The way this matter has been handled to date is completely contrary to Clause 65.1 of the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award 2009 which requires that:

“There shall be effective means of consultation, as set out in the Consultative Arrangements Policy and Guidelines document, on matters of mutual interest and concern, both formal and informal, between management and the Association”.

We’re told that the FACS Executive had a look at staff residential postcodes before making the decision. Beyond this token step there was no absolutely no consultation with staff. There was no staff survey which would have informed the Executive about the impact of the relocation particularly for those with caring responsibilities including young children and ageing parents.

Sydney Olympic Park is a far from adequate site. Since the introduction of new timetables, there are fewer trains stopping at Lidcombe to change for the limited service to your new headquarters. Car parking is limited and expensive. It will also be a very stressful place to work if the Government proceeds with its plan to demolish the Olympic stadium and build a new one.

To add insult to injury the Executive wants to impose a so-called agile work environment which means hot desking to save money. They would not be pursing agile work if it was more expensive!

Your Departmental Executive is contracted to work for a Government that does not value public servants and their experience and corporate knowledge. Otherwise they would not be privatising everything that is not nailed down and you would not be treated in such a high-handed and inconsiderate way just before Christmas.

The PSA is seeking answers through a genuine and transparent consultation process which addresses critical factors such as the timeline, work, health and safety, office space and layout, flexible working, public transport, parking and recognition of caring responsibilities. We met with the Departmental officials today and outlined our position in clear and unambiguous terms. We’ve now secured an agreement for monthly meetings about the relocation commencing on 31 January 2018.

Should FACS fail to engage with the PSA and members we will exercise all available options through the Industrial Relations Commission to support you.

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.

Not a member? JOIN the PSA today to join the fight!

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