TMR update: Looking forward to 2020

Posted on December 16, 2019

As Christmas is fast approaching, Department of Transport and Main Roads and Together delegates and officials have been very busy, finalising your agreement, attending the second meeting for the customer service centre review, attending the last DCC for 2019 and participating in a planning day so we are ready for 2020.

EB/Wages update

Drafting of your TMR agreement is continuing. We are hopeful this process will be completed in the new year. When the agreement is drafted, an employee ballot will take place, and the agreement can be certified. At that point the 2.5% increase, with back pay, plus $1250 will be paid to all employees covered by the agreement.

This week, members who are in the below list of classifications would have received a small increase in their wages as a result of Together's win in the State Wage Case. For more on how the state wage case affects your wages, see this detailed explanation.

You can see how it will interact with your pending EB wage increase in this table.

We have received confirmation from the employer that the State Wage Case outcome was paid to TMR employees on 6 December 2019. If you have any issues with your pay please contact your local HR representative.

CSC review (this includes DEs)

On Wednesday 27 November your delegates Karlee, Jamie and I met with the department to finalise the terms of reference and lock in some dates for ongoing meetings in the new year. The initial proposal was to lock in monthly meetings on the last Wednesday of every month until April. It is likely we will need to add additional meetings as time goes on in order to get through everything – we will keep members updated and report back after each meeting.

CSB initially wanted to separate out driving examiners; however we have agreed they will be included in the whole-of-CSC review.

CSC Delegates attended a TMR planning day on 3 December to prepare and plan for the review. From here, your delegates developed a survey for all members to complete that will form our submission for the review. This survey will be open until 31 January 2020. You can fill in the survey here.

Finally we have had many enquiries about a variety of local issues including: access to ADO, changing start/finish times, and lunch breaks just to name a few. We have developed this fact sheet about some of your entitlements.

Many members have asked where they can find there relevant award and or certified agreement. Below are the links to both of these industrial instruments.

Compliance Administration Officers

We are ready to talk to you about your review – if you want to be a part of the review committee please let us know by emailing tmr@together.org.au and we can develop the survey we need to put together for the review of your roles.

Departmental Consultative Committee (DCC)

While much of this year's focus has been on the Enterprise Bargaining Certified Agreement, there were still a number of issues that Together delegates took to the DCC to be resolved.

  • Your union raised concerns about the length of time it is taking TMR to respond to issues being raised and as such suggested the department might wish to provide a list of relevant HR/GM details for each work unit to aid in addressing issues at a local level where possible. TMR advised the current process of sending these through to the employee relations team is the department preferred avenue to ensure nothing is missed and often the local areas refer the matters to this team for advice.
  • Your delegates also request the LCCs be set up sooner rather than later to assist with this. TMR supported this notion and would start to do what they need to on their end to ensure we can get these up and running early next year. In the meantime we are to continue to raise our issues in the same manner as we do now – centrally through the employee relations team.

Transport Inspectors

Your delegates attended a TMR planning day on 3 December to prepare and plan for the review. From here your delegates developed a survey for all members to complete that will form our submission for the review. This survey will be open until 31 January 2020. You can fill in the survey here.

We will also be seeking our first meeting with the department early next year. Watch this space for more on meeting schedules. 

At the consultative committee on 27 November your union followed up with the department regarding a previous inquiry into vacant positions in the Townsville office. TMR have advised they are committed to running the TI recruitment soon to fill the long-term vacancies at the Townsville Compliance Office. We will continue to follow this matter up. If you hear anything new in the meantime please continue to let us know by emailing tmr@together.org.au.

Busway Safety Officers/Busway Shift Co-ordinators

At the recent consultative committee on Friday 27 November, your union requested an update on the leave loading, majority of shift and concessional day matters. TMR are currently working through the matter of concessional days for affected employees over the last six year. TMR will come back to Together representatives and affected staff on the outcome for each affected employee.

Next they will look at the majority of shift impacts. Finally, the leave loading issues will then be able to be fixed after the previous two issues are sorted. TMR will be providing regular updates over the next few weeks and expect that it should be all resolved early in the new year. 

Casual employees

This year through the bargaining process your union has been fighting hard for the department to meet their obligations to maximise permanent employment. Recent decisions of the Director-General not to appoint base grade casual employees to permanent employment we believe is in breach of the Department's obligations to maximise permanent employment. The department appear to still hold the position that there is no issue with their use of casual employees and believe they are performing sole casual ad hoc roles. As a result your union has lodged a dispute in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to seek the assistance of the Commission in forcing the Department to meet their obligations and recognise the important work our members do. This dispute hearing is on Friday 20 December.

Senior Network Officers

Leave loading

On Tuesday 3 December you would have received an email from your employer advising that the department have decided to engage with an external consultant to seek further advice regarding what SNOs are entitled too. We already had this argument with the department last year.

The department called your union office four minutes before the email was sent to all staff. The fact that the department made a decision to limit the entitlement paid to SNOs by only paying the 17.5% rather than the 26.5% without consultation is outrageous! Upon receiving this information from your delegates, we immediately lodged a dispute in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) to seek the assistance of the Commission in rectifying this issues as soon as possible. The hearing for this matter was scheduled for last Friday at 2:00pm; however on Thursday afternoon the department contacted your union office to advise they would ensure all SNOs received the 26.5% leave loading they are entitled to. This means all SNOs will receive an additional 9% on the pay-period ending 3 January 2020 meeting the 26.5%.

Concessional day

Recently, an email was sent out by HR that provided a lot of confusion on this topic for members. I have spoken with your HR advisor Sarah Bilby who confirmed with me that a correction email would be sent out to SNOs advising them of their entitlements.

Working a public holiday over the Christmas period

If you are working a public holiday, you are entitled to either time off in lieu (TOIL) or overtime. If you elect TOIL, your TOIL is accrued at the applicable penalty rate. On a public holiday you are entitled to double time and a half, meaning that if you perform a 9.5 hour shift and you elected TOIL, you would be credit 23.7 hours of TOIL.

Workcover review

Your delegates attended a TMR planning day on 3 December to prepare and plan for the review of WorkCover entitlements for SNOs. The first step is identifying what SNOs are currently receiving and then going from there. Your delegates have developed a survey for all members to complete. This will allow us to ensure members are receiving the correct entitlements currently and inform our future submission for the review. Click here to complete this survey. This survey will be open until 31 January 2020.

Don't hesitate to get in touch!

We know there is a lot happening in TMR at the moment. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your union by either emailing us at tmr@together.org.au or calling your union office on 1800 177 244.

Have a safe and wonderful festive season!

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