The PSA has written to the Department, notifying that we are in dispute over the proposed changes currently planned in Hunter Metro.
The PSA has been advised by members and Delegates that the Department has announced significant changes to the Hunter Metro CSCs’ working arrangements. This announcement has been made with no prior, formal consultation with your union.
Your union was not aware of, nor do we endorse, the proposal as currently announced to staff.
We were informed changes were being considered by the Department, but were never presented with any proposals before they were rolled out in staff meetings.
This is a failure of the Department’s obligations under our Award, which requires significant change affecting workers to be fully consulted prior to implementation.
We have therefore halted the changes from being implemented by notifying of a dispute under our Award. Your union has requested the Department provide us with full details on the proposed changes, any impacts they may have on our members and allow time for us to provide your feedback.
While we understand and respect that the proposed changes are in the interest of efficiency, coordination and ultimately in the best interest of vulnerable children, young people and their families and carers. However, you, as employees, have a right to be consulted and provided feedback prior to any changes being made.
It’s the frontline workers who have the best understanding of how to work with the children and families that you support. Therefore, you should be consulted with in regards to any changes that are being considered that will impact on how you do your job.
As we hear more, we’ll continue to keep you informed and seek your feedback on the proposed changes.
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