NSW Police – PSA intervenes to protect PoliceLink job-share arrangement
The PSA was shocked two weeks ago to be contacted by many desperate members who had been told their job-share arrangement had been scrapped.
An email on 13 August 2018 had advised that every job-share agreement would be terminated for the upcoming roster period from 24 September to 18 November 2018.
This would have left many members who have carers’ and other responsibilities in a terrible position in terms of being able to juggle the challenges of work/life balance.
The fact that such a decision was even considered shows management has allowed staffing levels to reach a crisis point.
The PSA immediately reached out to affected members and subsequently made representations to have the direction rescinded. The Director has advised us that the email was issued without his knowledge and that as soon as it came to his attention, he directed that it not be implemented.
The PSA wants members to be left in no doubt that, under the Award, a part-time agreement cannot be varied during its life without the member’s consent.
If any member still has any issues with maintaining current arrangements, or is being pressured into changing their current arrangements against their will, contact the PSA!
You have rights and entitlements in regards to flexible working agreements and the PSA will have no hesitation enforcing those rights.
Any member who wants a new agreement after the expiry of their current one, will have to provide reasons to their employer. The PSA can also assist in negotiating new agreements for members.
Any questions on this or any other matter, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Roland Harris – Organiser
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