Update on state office job cuts 27 Aug 2012

To: NSW Teachers Federation Members
Officers, Consultants and Advisers Association (OCAA)

Subject: OCAA update on job cuts and imposed staffing procedures

Dear Colleagues

Meeting 12.30 Friday 31 August

The OCAA Restricted Committee meets this Friday. OCAA members in the Sydney CBD are invited to join us for a lunchtime briefing and discussion. The meeting will consider the job cuts ‘realignment’ and the impact on non school based teachers of the Minister unilaterally ending negotiations for a staffing agreement and imposing new procedures.

The meeting will be held at 12.30pm Friday 31 August 2012, Teachers Federation House, Level 1, 23-33 Mary St Surry Hills. A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes to ocaa@nswtf.org.au .

Thank you to those workplace representatives who were able to attend the OCAA meeting on 13 August. Workplace Fed Reps can contact me to organise a local OCAA meeting.

 Update on state office job cuts and end of staffing agreement

As reported, the Federation lodged a dispute regarding the ‘realignment’. A hearing was held on 10 August at which a further hearing was set for 22 August to report on progress on the next stage of the consultation process. The day before that second hearing the Department’s Industrial Relations Directorate wrote to the Federation 21 August as follows.

“ RE:     Matter No. IRC 873 of 2012 – Notification of industrial dispute by NSW Teachers Federatio 

I refer to the above matter which is listed for further report back in the Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday 22 August 2012.

When this matter was last in the Commission the Department advised that it anticipated that the required NSW Government approvals would be finalised to enable the Department to meet with the Federation regarding the next stage in the functional realignment process in the week beginning 20 August 2012.

I have been advised today that as the approvals process has not yet been finalised, the Department is not in a position to have further discussions with the Federation this week.

I have also been advised that the Department anticipates being in a position to discuss these matters further with the Federation in the week beginning 3 September 2012. I will contact the Federation to organise a meeting as soon as practicable at that time.

The Department will advise staff of the revised time line in this process. “

An email was then sent by the DDG Schools to state office staff on the day the Department was to report to the IRC.

An important point to note is that the Department now states that the delay is due to ‘Government approvals’ not being granted. While there are many rumours regarding further job cuts, regional restructuring and so on, the Federation has no concrete information from the Department or the Government.

Finally, the Federation is very concerned about the decision of the Minister for Education to unilaterally end negotiations for a new staffing agreement. Among the concerns with the new procedures imposed by policy edict is the impact on the right of return for permanent teachers returning to schools. Further information on the potential impact for non school based members will be provided at this Friday’s 12.30pm OCAA meeting and considered by Federation Council this weekend.

Regards

David

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