Dismay over compulsory redundancies announced at DCCEE
17 May 2012, 11:43am
The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency advised all staff yesterday that due to a very tight budget situation and a failure of sufficient staff to volunteer to leave, a compulsory redundancy program will commence.
CPSU is in ongoing discussions with Government and the Department to avoid
any DCCEE staff being made redundant against their will.
It is apparent that the Department is not working hard enough to meet the
Government’s publicly stated instruction to Department’s to “do everything
possible to avoid compulsory redundancies”.
We believe that the ability exists for all affected DCCEE staff to be
redeployed in the APS, or participate in a Job Exchange program. This would help
retain the valuable skills and experience of those staff declared excess. CPSU
pushed hard for the inclusion of Job Exchange principles in the APS Redeployment
Policy when the APSC and Government were looking at this issue last year. It is
exactly for the situation that DCCEE staff are facing now that CPSU pushed so
hard for a Job Exchange process.
What is Job Exchange?
The Australian Public Service Commission provides guidance to agencies on
dealing with excess staffing situations. These APS Redeployment provisions
include the following on Job Exchanges:
2.2 Job exchanges and information sharing
2.2.1 An agency head, with the agreement of another agency head and
an employee, can move the employee to their agency as part of an
arrangement to address job reductions. This would be managed by the
agencies and does not require APSC involvement.
2.2.2 The APSC will provide a clearing-house facility for employees
to register their interest in job exchange opportunities, subject to it
being supported by their agency head.
2.2.3 A job exchange may be agreed to by agency heads where another
APS employee at the appropriate classification level is willing to
accept a VR package. Either agency head can decline a job exchange
having regard to:
the skills, attributes or performance of the employees involved
and alignment to their workforce plan;
CPSU will be conducting meetings with affected staff in the immediate future
to provide support and advice. Your local CPSU representatives will let you know
the time and location of these meetings.
What support can I expect from the CPSU?
CPSU provides expert advice and assistance to union members about
redundancy/redeployment rights and entitlements. Your union will work with you
to ensure DCCEE adheres to relevant requirements in enterprise agreements as
well as following the Government’s new APS Redeployment Policy which imposes
obligations upon agencies in handling any excess staffing situations. Not a
member? Join online now!