Workers call for reform to protect public sector rights

Posted December 2, 2011 by Alex Scott

Members of Together, the public sector union, have made a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the Queensland Public Service Commission (PSC) and are calling for the body to be reformed so that it takes an active role in the protection of workers’ rights.

Together Secretary Alex Scott said that the PSC was tasked with administering the public sector and implementing directives that protect the rights of individuals to fair treatment.

“Coming out of the collective bargaining process in 2009 the government committed to its workforce that it would issue directives that clarified and enhanced their individual protections, including fairer disciplinary processes and more effective resolution for workplace disputes”, Mr Scott said.

“The government said the PSC would implement these things, so workers would be spared the need to pursue the matter through the collective bargaining process and we could all get on with our lives.

“But now the PSC, having failed to do anything about these matters over the past two years, now says it doesn’t plan to do anything about them at all.

“We need a strong cop on the beat for the protection of workers’ rights but it’s disappointing that the PSC doesn’t consider that to be its role”, Mr Scott said.

“That’s why Together members are calling for an interventionist PSC that takes an active role in shaping public sector working rights and the way that public sector workers are treated,” he said.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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