ALP statement about their plans for Queensland. Check it out for yourself HERE.

INDIVIDUAL RIGHT AND PROTECTION AT WORK

Will you continue the long-standing commitment that there will be no forced retrenchments of public sector workers?

Yes. Labor is committed to all existing job security provisions including “no forced redundancy”. We will not introduce forced redundancy as the LNP did in New South Wales.

Will you restore a criteria-based mechanism for conversion of long-term temporary employees to permanent status?

Yes.

Will you commit to a ensuring the Public Service Commission (PSC) plays an active role in protecting workers’ rights, including issuing and enforcing directives that clarify and enhance their individual protections, provide fairer disciplinary processes, and more effective resolution for workplace disputes?

Labor will continue to actively protect workers’ rights. We will work with unions to provide fair disciplinary processes and to resolve workplace disputes, and would be willing to review the effectiveness of these processes if reelected.

WAGES POLICY

Statement from Labor on fair wages for public sector workers.

ill you support wage increases that match increases in the cost of living?

Labor in Queensland has done more than match the cost of living - we have increased wages substantially more than the CPI. Over the last 10 years an A04(4) is now almost 10 per cent better off in real terms thanks to collective agreements negotiated by the Labor government. In this time Queensland public sector workers have gone from being some of the lowest paid in the nation to wages which are nationally competitive. We will continue to work with unions to deliver fair wage increases through collective bargaining. Labor is also committed to maintaining an independent umpire.

Comparison of Wage increases against CPI 2001-2011

Year Core Wages Increases Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Brisbane
2001-02 3% 3%
2002-03 3.8% 2.7%
2003-04 3.8% 3.1%
2004-05 3.8% 2.4%
2005-06 4% 4.1%
2006-07 4% 2.5%
2007-08 4% 5%
2008-09 4.5% 2%
2009-10 4% 3%
2010-11 4% 3.8%
Outcome under Core Agreement If CPI was applied
Classification
Level
Salary @
1 July 2001
Salary @
1 August 2011
% Increase
over 10 yrs
% Increase
over 10 yrs
Salary @
1 August 2011
AO4(4) 1774.00 2598.00 46.45% 37.39% 2437.30
PO2(6) 1744.20 2554.70 46.47% 37.39% 2396.40
OO2(4) 1129.50 1699.50 50.46% 37.39% 1551.80
TO4(3) 1950.50 2856.50 46.45% 37.39% 2679.80
C10 560.40 p/w 845.40 p/w 50.86% 37.39% 769.90

ORGANISING RIGHTS

  1. Will you commit to maintain the existing rights of Together members as contained within collective agreements and commit to maintaining these provisions in their future collective agreements?

    Yes. Labor will adhere to all conditions of existing agreements and will continue to include such provisions in future agreements.

  2. In relation to the following specific provisions:

    1. Will you commit to continue allowing Together members to collectively organise as a union?

      Yes, Labor supports the rights of workers to form unions and actively encourages them to do so.

    2. Will you commit to regular, structured consultative meetings between Directors-General and Together representatives?

      Labor recognises the important role unions play in the workplace. We support consultative committees as forums for unions and management to raise and work together to address workplace concerns. Labor introduced regular meetings between union representatives and Director-Generals in 2002 and will continue to support interaction with Unions. We will also continue to hold regular Queensland Labour Advisory Committee meetings to allow unions to raise their members’ concerns directly with the highest levels of the government.

    3. Will you uphold the rights of Together workplace delegates within the workplace?

      Labor supports the rights of union delegates as elected representatives of workers. We will continue to:

      1. Recognise them in the workplace.
      2. Provide them with resources to perform their role, including meeting facilities and notice boards.
      3. Allow organisers into the workplace to meet with delegates.
      4. Hold consultative forums between delegates and management at an agency and local level.
      5. Allow delegates reasonable work time to attend to union business.
    4. Will you allow Together office staff to conduct briefings at inductions and meet with new starters?

      Labor supports union membership, including by providing information about unions at engagement, allowing officials to talk to new employees and inviting unions to address induction sessions.

    5. Will you continue the provision of payroll deductions for Together union fees?

      Yes, Labor will continue to provide payroll deductions on request from union members. We will not seek to undermine unions by withholding or cancelling payroll deductions as LNP governments have done in the past.

    6. Will workers have the right to meet with and discuss union business with Together office staff at their workplace?

      Yes, Labor will maintain entry provisions for union officials.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND THE INDEPENDENT UMPIRE

Will you support the existing right of workers to collectively bargain with respect to wages and conditions?

Yes. Labor is the party of collective bargaining. We believe pay and conditions are best determined by negotiating collective agreements with Unions. The LNP is the party of WorkChoices, individual contracts and non-union agreements. They will try to force Together members into agency level non-union agreements, just like they did last time they were elected.

Will you maintain an independent umpire in the form of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, maintaining:

  • Right to last resort arbitration; and
  • An interventionist role for QIRC in dispute resolution?

Yes, we will not abolish the independent umpire as the recently elected NSW LNP government has.

FOCUS ON SERVICES

Health

Will you commit to pursuing Queensland’s interests within a national efficient price framework by ensuring any such framework recognises the additional pricing issues associated with a large decentralised state?

Yes. The Premier made the case while negotiating the COAG Health Reform Agreement that the national efficient price framework must recognise the costs associated with delivering health services in Queensland. As a result the Premier secured extra funding and concessions for smaller and regional hospitals, and we will continue to pursue a pricing framework that ensures Queensland receives its fair share of health funding.

Will you guarantee that Pathology Queensland and Biomedical Technology Services will not be outsourced/contracted out or privatised?

Yes. Labor believes these services are critical to delivering quality health outcomes and are best delivered by health professionals employed within the public sector.

Will you guarantee the current number of Health Practitioners within Queensland Health will not be reduced over the term of the Government?

Yes. It was this government who, for the first time, properly recognised allied health professionals as a critical component of our health workforce. We introduced the Health Practitioner Agreement, substantially increased remuneration, and have greatly increased the number of HPs. Over this term of the Government, we promised and delivered an extra 3,500 doctors, nurses and Allied Health Professionals. We will continue to increase the number of health practitioners in line with demand because they deliver important services to the Queensland community.

Do you recognise the role of the Division of Chief Health Officer as a provider of frontline services?

Yes. The work of the Division of Chief Health Officer in preventative and population health is clearly an essential and frontline service.

Communities

Will you protect Queensland in establishing a national efficient price framework with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

Yes. For too long disabled Queenslanders and their families have gone without the financial resources they need to live a dignified life. The Bligh Government is committed to a National Disability Insurance Scheme. This Labor government has delivered massive reform to Disability Services in Queensland, taking the budget over $1 billion for the first time in Queensland’s history.

Will you provide a guarantee with the NDIS that the Queensland government remains -

  • The assessor of services?
  • The regulator of services?
  • Active in the provision of services?

Labor is committed to delivering the best possible disability services for Queenslanders.

Will you commit to resourcing Disability Services based on identified client needs?

Labor is committed to delivering the best possible disability services for Queenslanders, no matter what their needs or where in Queensland they live. We will continue this commitment.

Will you commit to a Disability Service system that supports regional flexibility and creativity in the delivery of services?

Labor is committed to delivering the best possible disability services for Queenslanders, no matter what their needs or where in Queensland they live. In fact, The Queensland Government has increased its funding for disability services by 495 per cent since 1998-99. We will continue this commitment.

Will you maintain the existing commitments to Child Safety caseload benchmarks and processes for resolving workload concerns?

Yes, existing commitments to Child Safety caseload benchmarks will be maintained and Labor is committed to further reducing the case loads of Child Safety Officers across Queensland. After decades of neglect by LNP governments it was Labor who overhauled Queensland’s child protection system. Labor introduced caseload benchmarks and dramatically improved working conditions of Child Safety Officers, which mean Queensland children are better protected from abuse than they ever have been. The Bligh Government will continue to support Queensland’s dedicated child safety officers to ensure the safety of Queensland’s most vulnerable children and young people

Education and training

Will you guarantee a centrally approved and funded model for public servants within schools?

Labor will continue to base funding on school enrolments. The LNP has rehashed their failed “Leading Schools” experiment that will be bad for school employees and bad for school kids.

Will you develop a centralised staffing and resourcing model for allied health professionals in Education?

We will commit to keeping the current model for the allocation of specialised resources (including allied health professionals), which involves the centralised monitoring of both the numbers of and the individual circumstances of students identified as having special needs.

Will you commit to retain and increase the number of public servants within schools?

The current allocative model used in the staffing of schools assigns resources on the basis of school enrolments. Like all other school-based staff, public servants in schools.

Justice system

Will you provide for a case-based funding model for the Director of Public Prosecutions funding?

Funding of the DPP will be developed and reassessed as part of each budget. Casebased funding may not be the best model and we will consider all models for future funding.

Will you provide a case-based funding model for Legal Aid?

Labor believes all Queenslanders should have access to legal services. Legal Aid Queensland (LAQ) has a significant funding surplus, which demonstrates the current funding model provides more than sufficient funds to meet current service demand. The case-based model may not necessarily be the appropriate one for ensuring adequate delivery of services.

Will you reinstate funding for a Legal Aid contact centre?

LAQ is an independent statutory body able to determine the most effective way to deliver their services. Labor would support LAQ considering if a contact centre was an effective way to expend their budget.

Will you provide for a case-based funding model for court administration?

A case-based model may not necessarily be an appropriate funding model as it may not adequately reflect the workload associated with different caseloads. Each case is very different and thus providing funding per case is not necessarily the best model.

Police

Will you reinstate the Queensland Police Service ‘civilianisation’ public service positions?

Labor remains committed to growing frontline police and to the civilianisation initiatives which are in place to free up uniformed officers for frontline duty. If re-elected, the government will implement civilian operation of speed cameras which will free up further police resources for crime prevention.

Will you reinstate the Queensland Police Service ‘growth’ public service positions?

Labor remains committed to growing frontline police and to the civilianisation initiatives which are in place to free up uniformed officers for frontline duty.

Will you reinstate funding, earmarked for staffing purposes, for the other 250 positions?

QPS will offer around 250 VSPs to interested staff. More than 4,000 civilian staff will continue to support frontline police officers in their duties.

Will you benchmark the ratio of staff members to police officers across the QPS, excepting corporate service areas?

Yes.

Corrections

Will you guarantee adequate funding correctional centres across the state as necessary to ensure no doubling up of prisoners in cells?

This government is bringing online in 2012 new built capacity to ensure prisoners are managed in single cells. Double up arrangements are only used in temporary or transitional situations.