working for a better public service

WHAT DO WE WANT?

9 POINT PLAN TO MANAGE CHANGE

To achieve a better public service our union seeks that the government will guarantee that:

  1. There will be no forced retrenchments of permanent public servants or long-term temporary employees.
  2. There will be real and meaningful consultation with public servants about the new organisational structures for departments as part of the Machinery of Government changes.
  3. Public servants will not have to re-apply for their positions as part of the organisational changes resulting from the Machinery of Government changes.
  4. Public servants will be consulted prior to any decision to change the definition of functions or work groups to being non-frontline.
  5. As a priority, the government will put in place a process for the audit of non-frontline positions and the creation of establishment numbers for these positions.
  6. The Public Service Commission will issue a directive to better facilitate the voluntary transfer of public servants to priority positions which are vacant.
  7. The Public Service Commission will issue a directive to facilitate merit appointment to fill vacant positions by way of promotion with applications limited to existing public servants.
  8. The Public Service Commission will as a priority review the existing directives and guidelines relating to discipline, investigations and dispute resolution to reduce the bureaucratic red tape involved and provide a greater emphasis on workers’ rights and effective resolution.
  9. As part of the Establishment Management Program:
    1. Any decision not to fill a position will be accompanied by a decision that the remaining work will be reorganised, re-allocated or no longer performed.
    2. The remaining staff affected by this decision will be advised and genuinely consulted.
    3. Any decision not to fill a position will be accompanied by the use of the workload management tool.
 
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