Blue Card Services - Workforce Review
Together Branch Secretary Alex Scott has received correspondence from Director-General David Mackie regarding a workforce review to be conducted on Blue Card Services.
An entitlement union members have secured is the requirement for Blue Card Services to consult with you regarding these changes. This is a key clause in our certified agreement where you, as Together members are a party to the agreement and as is DJAG and in turn Blue Card Services.
The Certified Agreement requires that consultation occur between the parties, and that this occur at the DJAG Consultative Committee. Further, that the parties need to comply with the provisions of the State Government Entities Certified Agreement 2015 which union members have secured through enterprise bargaining particularly these relevant clauses:
7.3 Organisational Change and Restructuring
9.2 Consultative Committees (CC)
PART 15: PREVENTION AND SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES
PART 16: WORKLOAD MANAGEMENT
APPENDIX 24: EMPLOYMENT SECURITY POLICY
APPENDIX 25: QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT POLICY ON THE CONTRACTING-OUT OF SERVICES
The consultation process only applies to union members and only union members have a chance to influence the decision making through your collective voice.
The ability of union members to influence the outcomes can often be dependent on how many members get involved and I would recommend you ask others to join here so that you have the weight of numbers to influence the decision making process.
If you have any issues, thoughts or concerns or wish to put forward any position that will form part of the Together position on the restructure, you can contact your organiser Sean Waugh at email@example.com
As Blue Card Services embarks on the review, the Together union requires that the following questions to be answered during the review process to best protect members' interests:
- Who are the decision makers?
- What is the intent of the restructure?
- Will there be a spill and fill of positions?
- Has a review already occurred?
- If so who conducted the review?
- What were the review terms?
- If a review is yet to occur will consultants be used and if so for what purpose?
- Can this review be done by public servants?
- If the review has already occurred who was involved in this review?
- Is there a consultation process in place currently?
- If the review has taken place:
- What are the findings?
- What are the recommendations?
- What is the Department going to adopt?
- Number of F/T and P/T Permanents,
- Number of Temps/Casuals and Agency staff.
- Number of trainees
- The number of staff working in higher duties and their associated timeframes.
- Number of staff on secondments and their associated timeframes
- Number of current vacancies and their levels.
These questions are designed to ensure union members rights are met, as is the requirement under the various industrial instruments union members have campaigned for and secured. As part of the consultation I will be asking members from the different areas of Blue Card Services to form a Workplace Organising Committee. This will ensure that each area not only has their say but the content expertise of each area is heard. If you would like to nominate as a Workplace Organising Committee please nominate by reply email by COB 15 November 2019
For those members who may have concerns on how the proposed changes may impact them individually, please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance and I will ensure your views are reflected as part of the consultative framework or refer you to an Industrial Officer for expert industrial advice.
Organisational change can be difficult and challenging however if we work together we can make a positive difference.