QPS Member Update – December 2020
2021 is in sight. We know that over this end of year period many members will continue to work and serve the community. The work you do is important.
This year has brought a lot of challenges and also a lot of success for Together members in QPS.
Last Thursday 17 December the working group met for the last time this year. Thank you to all the members that completed their survey. The turn-out was impressive and this information is vital in completing the process.
During the meeting it was acknowledged that unfortunately the 31 December deadline would not be met. I understand this will be frustrating for many members. The working party has engaged a panel of HR specialists with PSBA to undertake the evaluation process and this process has already commenced. It is important that this process is thorough so that we can ensure all decisions and recommendations are sound. The working group is committed to having this process and the recommendations completed as early in the new year as possible. The remaining AO2 roles to be reviewed have been broken down by function so that the process is as efficient as possible. Thank you all for your patience and hard work so far throughout this process. We know the survey was no small undertaking.
Once this stage of the Admin Review is complete we will be able to move on to the next stages. We will send further communications regarding this in the new year.
Unfortunately we are still waiting to hear from the Deputy Commissioner regarding Together’s submission requesting the two weeks' concessional leave in recognition of members’ efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will ensure members are kept up to date when we receive a response.
As of 14 December the Queensland Chief Health Officer is mandating regular testing of Quarantine Facility Workers for COVID-19. The purpose of this Health Direction is to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 from quarantine facilities to the general community, and to ensure the safety of staff working at quarantine facilities.
Details of the Direction are:
- hotel staff and government staff (including ADF personnel) who are working in a quarantine facility undertaking activities outlined in the protocol will be required to be tested every 7 days at their facility or at a place nearby.
- workers will not be required to isolate while awaiting a test result, and can continue to work, provided they are asymptomatic.
- there is a 14-day transitional period before mandatory testing commences.
You can read more about the Direction here.
If you have any concerns or questions please don’t hesitate to contact your union.
Last Thursday 17 December Branch Secretary Alex Scott and Industrial Director Michael Thomas met with Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski to discuss the lack of consultation surrounding the SAP Board decisions with Together members.
During this meeting a commitment was made by the Service to consult around the original decision and its impacts on staff within QPS. The Service will be developing a consultation framework in consultation with your union prior to consultation commencing. We will update members as this progresses.
Before decisions are made by the Service that impact the work being done by members, they need to consult with staff and your union.
The Together office will be closed from Thursday 24 December 2020 and will reopen Monday 4 January 2021. During that time, an emergency on-call service will operate for urgent industrial matters relating to terminations, disputes or emergencies. You can also email your union during this time at email@example.com and we will be able to respond in the new year.
I hope you all have a safe festive season and look forward to working with you all in the new year.