DEWS ACC update

Posted July 30, 2012 by Alex Scott

Last Thursday, your Union reps on the DEWS Agency Consultative Committee (ACC) attended our second ACC meeting. Management reps advised at that meeting that:

  • They were unable to confirm whether the first round of VER/ERP Directive letters would be sent out to staff as from the end of next month (despite all staff across DEWS having been so advised by their local senior management at previous staff meetings).
  • Notwithstanding the previously announced first round of Directive letters, they were not in a position to put any proposed restructure affecting job security to your Union reps for consultation purposes under the Core EB Agreement (EBA).
  • Once they are in that position, they will be refusing to supply our Union with a listing of the affected staff in contravention of their obligation to do so under the Core EBA, on the basis of a whole-of-government policy not to disclose such lists due to privacy legislation.

On Friday morning, Energy staff received a briefing from their D-G confirming that the first round of VER/ERP Directive letters would be sent out from the end of next month.

Your Union reps are concerned that there is now insufficient lead time to allow proper consultation to occur about viable options to any proposed restructure as required under the EBA. Our Union wishes to engage in genuine consultation to ensure all such viable options are considered so as to minimise potential job losses. Together Queensland has now lodged an Industrial Dispute with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) seeking the urgent intervention of the Commission to ensure the consultative provisions of the Agreement are complied with. The QIRC listed the matter for a conference between the parties today (Monday 30th July 2012) at 10-00am. The matters before the Commission have not yet been fully resolved and the Union will be in continued discussions with DEWS.

 


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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