We need your input! Quick arbitration survey

Posted on October 20, 2020

Arbitration - quick survey!

We have a short survey for members to complete this month, as we look to what further evidence we might need to submit as part of your arbitration.

Complete the survey here.

While some of the questions may feel familiar, we want to get updated information from you. Unfortunately, we know in many areas that things are getting worse, not better – and we need to communicate the seriousness of these concerns to the Industrial Relations Commission.

Your responses are important! Thanks to the dozens of members and delegates who have committed to being witnesses for the arbitration, we have some excellent and in-depth evidence about the issues we are seeking to resolve through arbitration. Your survey responses will ensure we can communicate the extent of the issues across the state and across cohorts of staff. By filling in this survey, you will be supporting those who have volunteered to take to the stand in the Commission – you get to have your say as well.

If you have any questions about the survey, or arbitration generally, please email csyw@together.org.au or give us a call on 1800 177 244. The survey will be open until Friday 30 October – so fill it in today!

Other updates

As you may be aware, outside of most CSSC/RIS/PSU areas, there are current restrictions on the ability to externally recruit and backfill to many positions under the government's Savings and Debt plan. Yesterday, we met with the Director-General to start discussions around the impacts of this plan in CSYW, and will meet again in early November, post-election, to continue consultation. We understand that vacancies should be progressed to be filled in most instances, so please let us know if you are hearing of any vacancies not being filled in your area. if you have any questions or concerns about its impact please let us know by emailing csyw@together.org.au

We have also recently met with the Department to be briefed on the proposed changes to some reporting lines with the introduction of the Chief Practitioner role. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing cysw@together.org.au and we will keep members informed as more information comes to light.

There have also been many new and updated Directives released that provide for a range of improved conditions for temporary, long term higher duties and other arrangements. If you have any questions about how they may apply to your circumstances, please contact the union office on 1800 177 244 or by emailing cysw@together.org.au

Previously we have mentioned the Bill to amend WorkCover legislation to designate authorised officers under the Child Protection Act as first responders, and include these officers under presumptive laws (which essentially recognises the critical and challenging nature of your work, by switching the onus in proving that certain injuries were caused by your work). Because of the dissolution of Parliament and the government now being in caretaker mode, this is currently on hold. Of course, if you are ever in circumstances where you are looking at worker’s compensation, please do not hesitate to contact your union office on 1800 177 244 or csyw@together.org.au

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