CPSU notifies dispute over inadequate consultation in Compliance
19 October 2012, 1:48pm
Your union has notified ATO of the existence of an industrial dispute in Compliance over management’s repeated failures to properly consult with members over issues like team sizes, changes to work value (forcing higher level work onto lower level staff), and output expectations.
Cost cutting hits hard
ATO have continually failed to provide documentation supporting the business
case that LB&I is overstaffed and top heavy. Whilst ATO deny that budget cuts to
funding for hundreds of positions in Compliance are behind this ‘slash and burn’
approach in LB&I, it is clear that members aren’t buying it.
Members in LB&I, many of whom have been with ATO for over 20 years and in
LB&I for long periods, are perplexed at the reasoning, or lack thereof, provided
by ATO for slashing so hard and deep in a critical area of the ATO. Some members
are commenting that if big business were running the ATO, this is exactly what
they would do to the part of the ATO that audits and enforces their taxation
Members are seeking full compliance with ATO’s obligations to consult over
significant changes including:
Copies of business cases for the proposed reviews
Consultation process and timeframes with CPSU and affected members prior
OH&S risk assessments
Staff impact documents
Work and job design and business redesign
Capability assessment undertaken to ensure staff have the skills to do
Expected productivity gains.
Redundancies anticipated from any review.
We have called on ATO to cease and desist with implementation on these
matters until this dispute is resolved. Further updates will be provided to
members as this dispute progresses.
What can you do?
Let us know if you are satisfied with the level of consultation in your
area and raise any concerns by emailing
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