As members would be aware, CSNSW is currently going through major “benchmarking” reform. This reform means considerable loss in positions, jobs and changes to the way business is conducted throughout centres.
Below is the proposed resource impact to date. Highlighted in red are the centres that have been signed off by the Commissioner.
Proposed resource impact to date
| Launch Date
|20 Jul 16||SCCC||667||117||36||22||175||-12|
|25 Jul 16||MNCCC||564||117||33||15||165||-7|
|17 Mar 17||Wellington||701||117||35||16.5||168.5||-19|
20 Mar 17
|22 Mar 17||Broken Hill||89||37||5||3||45||+2|
|23 Mar 17||Ivanhoe||50||13||3||1||17||-1|
|29 Mar 17||Brewarrina||30||12||6||2||20||+1|
|6 Jun 17||Berrima||75||24||7||5||36||-4|
|6 Jul 17||Kariong||99||46||2||3||51||-1|
|19 Jul 17||Tamworth||89||41||3||5||49||+2|
|31 Jul 17||St Heliers||286||37||25||5||67||Nil|
|4 Aug 17||Cessnock||881||179||47||33||259||-37|
|8 Aug 17||Cooma||200||39||11||3||53||-1|
|10 Aug 17||Mannus||164||19||14||4||37||-4|
|20 Sept 17||Dillwynia||313||93||13||24||130||-18|
|26 Sept 17||Emu Plains||193||49||11||11.5||71.5||-4|
|10 Oct 17||Grafton||272||77||7||7||91||0|
|11 Oct 17||Glen Innes||208||24||17||4||45||+2|
|19 Oct 17||MSPC 1-4||1221||267||31||59||357||-46|
|25 Oct 17||SPC||60||58||0||2||60||+3|
|26 Oct 17||Long Bay Hospital||501||191||0||8||199||-29|
Benchmarking means the deletion of the Assistant Superintendent rank in Correctional Centres and considerable reduction in the Senior Correctional Officer rank.
The PSA obtained legal advice on more than one occasion in regards to the restructure and it comes under “managerial prerogative”, which limits our options in the Industrial Relations Commission.
CSNSW Reform Consultation meetings are held fortnightly and all issues that are raised by the membership are raised at these meetings. On Monday, 16 October, there was a considerable outcome which is that Assistant Superintendents who move to Case Management Clerk positions will be afforded the opportunity to move back to the limited Assistant Superintendent roles or take a redundancy at the rank of Assistant Superintendent if funding of the Clerk positions is not extended. The same applies to Senior Correctional Officers who move to the Clerk positions.
Voluntary redundancies are going to be offered to affected staff as each centre is benchmarked. The PSA advised staff to get financial advice prior to accepting a voluntary redundancy and to look at all options being offered by CSNSW.
This process is getting to the tail end and the PSA feels this section will result in the most loss. The PSA will continue to work closely with the membership and delegates to get the best possible outcomes.
There is a united approach by the State Executive of the SEAG, COVB, POVB and NCDC in regards to the Benchmarking Reform. The PSA’s position has been to look after the members’ interests collectively across the State.
Members may have been aware of some discussion around ring-fencing. CSNSW are now seeking to move away from the agreement of ring-fencing centres individually and looking to cluster or group ring fencing. The PSA is opposed to ring-fencing across complexes or groupings of centres, such as Bathurst, Lithgow and Kirkconnell, as this will have an adverse impact on the membership and impact complexes whereby some centres in the complex have been benchmarked previously.
Nicole Jess – Chair POVB
Craig Wunsch – Chair NCDC
Darren Wells – Chair COVB
Guy Sim – Chair SEAG