CSYW Conciliation update + great work in 2018!

Posted on December 14, 2018

Last week was another big one for your CSYW EB! We had three sessions of conciliation to discuss a number of unresolved issues from bargaining. These issues included workload, reclassification and workplace health and safety.

At this stage we do not have any earth-shattering news to report back on, but discussions will continue in January. Bargaining and conciliation are a time-consuming processes that can be frustrating . It might feel like the momentum has slowed, but we are still chipping away at the issues!

On 22nd January (the earliest available date to reconvene) we have a full-day conciliation session with a focus on Youth Detention matters. We are aiming to secure more dates in January/early February. When we have more information or updates, we’ll let members know.

On Thursday we also had another meeting with Minister Farmer. Unfortunately, due to Cyclone Owen preparation, Minister Grace was not able to make the meeting; however, a representative from her office was present. Delegates Doug, Vish & Patrick used the opportunity to reiterate the important issues for members that had not yet been addressed through the bargaining process, and also continued to highlight how difficult it was to make significant change in the Department with the current funding model.

You have probably seen the two emails from the Director-General regarding additional permanent positions in Child Safety and additional funding for Youth Justice. We will be following up with the Department to clarify how many of those positions will be filled by existing temporary staff (which is great news for those workers) and how many will actually equate to an increase in staff on the ground. Delegates also have questions about how the positions are, or will be, allocated.

There’s still a long way to go in CSYW, but your action is forcing the Department to make improvements.

As a union within CSYW, you have never been stronger. Congratulations on all the hard work you have put into campaigning this year. We do not have finalisation of the campaign as the year draws to an end, but you will get an outcome! Your action – for your co-workers and the families that you work with – does and will make change. Thank you.

From everyone in the Together office, we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful break over the Christmas period (if you are getting one!) and a big thank you to those of you who will continue to work to provide essential services to our communities. Whatever you’re doing, we hope it is safe and relaxing.

We look forward to working with you more in 2019!

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