TMR November update

Posted on November 6, 2020

We hope you've been well! There's been a lot happening in your workplace over the last few weeks. Please click through to find out more information on each matter.

CSC review

On Wednesday 4 November, Together delegates, Karlee, Jamie and Paul attended a meeting with the Department, to finalise CSB Role descriptions. We had some really good discussions about the core duties, responsibilities and expectations for each role and the key differences between each level. Initially, the Department had concerns about having role descriptions, that included too many capabilities and duties, would create issues for attraction and retention. Your delegates expressed the importance of having role descriptions that provided a clear and accurate picture of the role to ensure employees in those roles are asked to do perform duties that are consistent with their classification level. We also identified that attraction and retention, for the most part, sits with the wages and conditions of the role. The parties all agreed that the addition of examples of duties for each role was needed and the final draft was amended.

There was a discussion about the CSC Manager (AO4) position. We asked the department to articulate the key differences between the CSC manager AO4 and AO5 roles. They were unable to do so at the meeting but committed to coming back to us. We would like to understand more from members in these roles about how your role differs from the CSC Manager AO5 positions. If this is you please get in contact with Eleanor and I at tmr@together.org.au.

The JEMs process with Queensland Shared Service will commence on the 16 November with an outcome of their assessment due around the 30 November.  Once we have the assessment outcome we will be able to determine the next steps. 

It is important to remember that this review is about the work value of your role and not the workload. If you are experiencing workload issues, please contact us so we can provide you with the support that you need.

Recruitment and Selection

Members in TMR have been raising instances where the Department hasn't been following the Recruitment and selection Directive 12/20, including the merit principle and criteria. If you have any questions or concerns about recruitment and selection processes in your workplace, please feel free to get in touch with us at tmr@together.org.au

Compliance Administration 

The Department has sent us correspondence to initiate the first Compliance Administration Review meeting in November, including the Compliance Administration role review and working group plans.

Since we already have a steering committee set-up, we’ll recommence our fortnightly teleconferences mid-November in preparation for our first meeting. 

If you are a Compliance Administration member, could you please send through any preferred dates/time for the first meeting to review the Compliance Administration Officer role in the week of Monday 23 November 2020. Please send any feedback you have about the proposed plan to tmr@together.org.au by Thursday 12 November.   

VTSO Update 

We have the next VTSO Review on Thursday 12 November from 10am – 11am, which will be attended by your delegates, Rob Webber and Ben Bentley. As always, if you have any feedback on the following agenda items, please contact Rob, Ben or Eleanor at eleanor.rogers@togther.org.au;

  • Responsibilities/role descriptions/base classifications of VTSOs
  • Resourcing (including use of casuals e.g. on public holidays)
  • Recruitment protocols including psychometric testing and on the job onboarding training
  • Training of all VTSOs (including casuals)
  • Single operator shifts - Cairns Hay Point and Townsville (Reef VTS)
  • Management of VTSO leave requests
  • Application of meal breaks
  • Current rostering practice
  • Application and use of overtime within VTS centres
  • Health, wellness, fatigue

SNO update  

Leave loading

Our next conciliation hearing in the QIRC is on Monday. We are still working with the Department on an appropriate solution to the matter. It is clear that the Department want leave loading be paid at the time employees take leave rather than in December, as currently occurs. We believe that they will try to have this implemented in 2021. We will send a further update after as we receive more from the Department. 

Leave restrictions

Members raised concerns about an email from your Director appearing to advise that there would be additional restrictions placed on access to annual leave. We raised this with the Department and received confirmation that this was not the case you can see their email here. If you are experiencing ongoing issues with being able to access your leave, please let us know by emailing tmr@together.org.au

BSO/BSC  

Leave Loading

Our next conciliation hearing in the QIRC is on Monday. We are still working with the Department on an appropriate solution to the matter. It is clear that the Department want leave loading be paid at the time employees take leave rather than in December, as currently occurs. We believe that they will try to have this implemented in 2021. We will send a further update after as we receive more from the Department. 

Transport Inspectors  

At the most recent LCC we expressed our concerns about the delays in commencing the TI reviews and noted that it appears the Department were intentionally delaying the review. The Department have advised that, due to the CSC review and the Compliance admin review, they will not be ready for the first Transport Inspector review meeting until the end of January 2021. However, they have committed to reviewing the draft role descriptions that members develop as well as puling together information on the background and history of your rostering principles to help inform the discussion in January. You can see a copy of their email here. We have since asked the Department to clarify what they mean by undertaking an initial review between now and the first meeting in January next year. We are yet to hear back but will advise of progress as we hear more. 

Body Worn Cameras (BWCs)

We have finally received the policy and guidelines for further review. We provided significant advice on the initial documents and are currently reviewing the updated versions.

Please email through any outstanding questions or concerns you have from reading the documents to tmr@together.org.au. 

In Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS)

We haven’t received any additional information from the Department in relation to the development of a policy and guideline for the new IVMS. As a reminder, here is the commitment made by the Department to ensure the temporary disablement of the safety reporting going to managers - only the project team can access that data.

Border control

We want to check in and see how everyone is going. We know it is a lot of shifts in a row, and for many, a lot of travel and time away from home. It is important to look after your health and well-being. As always if there is anything we can do to support you with this, let us know by emailing tmr@together.org.au.

Maximising employment security

A quick reminder about the recently updated employment directives – if you have any questions about your personal situation please do not hesitate to either email your union office at tmr@together.org.au or call 1800 177 244. 

Casual employment (Directive 08/20)

Fixed term temporary employment (Directive 09/20)

Higher Duties (Directive 04/20)

As always, if you have any further questions about any information provided, please contact your union office by emailing tmr@together.org.au or call 1800 177 244. 

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