At the ordinary meeting of the PSA SafeWork NSW Safety Inspectors and Supervisors Vocational Group on 7 September 2018 the following motions were passed by the members:
The members of the SafeWork Safety Inspectors and Supervisors Vocational Group wish to confirm the following motion from 2014:
“Safety Inspectors under the Crown Employees (WorkCover Authority inspectors) Award will continue to not provide field based training to any other Inspectors who are of a higher grade”.
And, that no inspector will provide training, assessment, mentoring or buddying of any inspector who has not been previously appointed as a safety inspector. This includes:
- The new inspector training program (NITP),
- Diploma of Government (workplace inspection),
- Advanced Diploma of Government (workplace inspection) and
- Informal training.
This meeting of the SafeWork Safety Inspectors and Supervisors Vocational Group condemns in the strongest, managements disregard for active internal promotion of its workers as a priority. The Vocational Group interprets management’s action to externally advertise all positions as a show of blatant disregard for its regulatory staff career opportunity and development.
These motions have now been communicated to both the PSA General Secretary and the SafeWork NSW Executive.
The PSA wrote to the Department on 17 August 2018 raising a number of concerns in relation to the SafeWork NSW Executives current position on ‘subsequent assignment to role’, and in line with position confirmed by members in Motion 2. For a copy of that letter click HERE.
On 11 September the PSA has received the following response from the Department. For a copy of that letter click HERE.
The response does not address the concerns that have been raised by the PSA. We acknowledge that there is a genuine need for recruitment and the current workloads of SafeWork NSW Inspectors are a testament to that.
The PSA will continue to make representations to the Department around the current recruitment of SafeWork NSW Inspectors, Subsequent Assignment and the concerns raised in Motion 1.
SAP Restart and Inspectors Time Sheets
There has been a lack of consultation with the PSA over current changes to SAP that is having a direct impact on Inspectors recording of time for flex and has raised some significant concerns as to the operation of the DFSI Flexible Working Hours Agreement 2016 for SafeWork Inspectors.
PSA Industrial Staff are working closely with your Vocational Group Executive on this issue and a further report will be provided to members shortly.