Fundamental flaw in issuing of unprecedented directives. Premier must detail how relocation of public servants is linked to collective bargaining.

Posted August 2, 2012 by Alex Scott

Premier Newman must urgently clarify which clauses of existing public service collective agreements are linked to the relocation of Brisbane CBD public sector workers to Ipswich and Carseldine.

The Premier today claimed the existing collective agreements were restrictive and hamstrung the government’s efforts to relocate Brisbane CBD public servants to Carseldine and Ipswich.

“We are seeking an urgent meeting with the Premier because he’s clearly misadvised about the true state of the public service agreements and directives,” Together Secretary Alex Scott said today.

“On one hand the Premier says public servants were stripped of their legal collective agreement entitlements through directives so CBD based public servants could be relocated to Carseldine and Ipswich.

“There’s a pre-existing directive enabling relocation of Brisbane CBD public sector workers to Carseldine and Ipswich and relocations are not linked to any clause in any collective agreement.

“We cannot find any reference to CBD public servant relocations in the Core public service collective agreement and conditions for Transport and Main Roads workers which demonstrates a fundamental flaw in the grounds cited for issuing the recent unwarranted directives.

“There is nothing in the public service collective agreements that in any way limits the ability to move Brisbane CBD based public servants to Carseldine and Ipswich.

“The Premier must now explain why he holds that view and why these outrageous new directives should not be rescinded.”


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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