NSW Trustee & Guardian Business Case – Beyond 2017
As you are aware, the PSA and your delegates have been striving to resolve numerous outstanding matters relating to the Business Case – Beyond 2017. Several meetings have been held with the management of the NSW Trustee and Guardian (NSWTAG) and will continue to be held until such time as all issues are addressed and/or resolved. Where agreement cannot be reached, or where there is a breach of an agreement, legislation or policy, a dispute has been listed by the PSA in the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).
While there are many areas of the Business Operating Model which need to be addressed, a number of issues remain unresolved in respect of the recruitment processes and the work, health and safety aspects of the Pilot.
The PSA undertook a comprehensive survey of members working in the Pilot. A report provided by the PSA to NSWTAG management clearly demonstrated that there is a serious work, health and safety risk associated with the workload levels in the Pilot.
Members across NSWTAG have overwhelmingly voted in support of the following resolutions:
- PSA members pass a motion of NO CONFIDENCE in the Executive of NSW Trustee and Guardian. Based on the information provided by management and our own working experience, members believe the Business Operating Model is unworkable and that changes recently made by management do not address the real issues.
- PSA members pass a motion of NO CONFIDENCE in the Executive of NSW Trustee and Guardian in their recruitment processes.
Members at the O’Connell Street, Sydney, Office also passed the following resolutions at a meeting on 17 June 2016:
That this meeting calls on all members to stop any work towards the restructure until:
- The NSWTAG Executive complies with all IRC recommendations; and
- The NSWTAG Executive agrees to include the National Council of Social Services (NSW) in the review of the Pilot.
Members can be assured of the PSA’s commitment to ensure that all members are treated fairly and equitably.
Consultation – Assignment to Role
Members have reported that they have been appointed to a role for which they have neither applied, nor for which they believe they have the required skills/capabilities.
An employee is not to be assigned to a role unless he or she has been consulted (s38(8) and s46(4) of the Government Sector Employment Act). Consultation with an employee assigned to a role should include:
- discussion about the reasons for the assignment
- the nature of the new role
- when the assignment is expected to commence
- who the employee will be reporting to
- genuine consideration of any concerns the employee has about the assignment.
If the role description for the new role is different to the role description for the current role, it should be provided to the employee and discussed during consultation.
Impacts on the employee that should be considered as part of a decision to assign an employee include:
- the employee’s preferred career path
- flexible working arrangements
- caring arrangements
- any financial impact on the employee.
If an employee does not agree with a proposed assignment and a decision is made to action the assignment, a record of what was discussed during consultation and the employee’s reasons for objecting to the assignment should be kept by the manager. Consultation records are not required to be kept on employee files.
A decision to assign an employee should be made after consideration of the agency’s workforce needs and the preferences of the employee.
What can you do?
- Give a copy of this bulletin to your colleagues.
- Print out this bulletin and put it up on your notice board.
- Encourage and assist a colleague to join your union, and we’ll say a collective thanks by giving you a $75 gift card! Yet more reason to be Proud to be PSA.
- Get involved as your Area Contact.
- Set up work place members’ committees with regular scheduled meetings.
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Delegates on NSW TAG Vocational Advisory Group: