A union meeting was held at the CSO on the 12 September 2017 to discuss the proposal by the Crown Solicitor’s Office management to move to an open-plan office layout.
At this meeting numerous and wide-ranging concerns were raised by members about the plan. These included, but were not limited to: confidentiality of sensitive documents and matters, maintaining clients’ confidence, lack of privacy, cramped work spaces, loss of productivity, lower concentration, increased employee dissatisfaction, lack of consultation and transparency and work, health and safety issues.
CSO management has not adequately consulted the PSA, as it is obligated to do so under Section 65 of the Crown Employees (Public Service Conditions of Employment) Award 2009.
The PSA will meet with CSO management on 13 September 2017 and will request the following:
Refusal by CSO management to these requests will result in the PSA lodging a dispute with the Industrial Relations Commission on the grounds of lack of consultation.
The PSA are seeking the feedback of members on the proposal. Send your concerns about the current proposal and ideas on how the fit-out can be amended more satisfactorily to your PSA delegates by COB 18 September. All concerns will be collated into one document.
Leigh Plater (x 85377) – Senior Solicitor
Teri Southwell (x 85410) – Legal & Financial System Administration Officer
Surabi Alauddin – Organiser
Andrew Boulton – Industrial Officer
Encourage your colleagues to join the PSA online at www.psa.asn.au, or see your delegates for Membership Forms.
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