February 8th, 2017

HACSU continues to tackle issues concerning DHHS’s obligation to consult with Members when a change is proposed.

For months HACSU Members employed in Statewide Payroll Services have been faced with major change to their work and structures. The consultation regarding this change has been deficient and in some areas non-existent. Despite HACSU attempting to engage DHHS in a meaningful and productive consultation process on behalf of Members, DHHS refuses to provide Members with details and specifics that relate to the concepts contained in the change proposal.

HACSU has written to DHHS management to advise that we have made application to the Tasmanian Industrial Commission to attempt to resolve the dispute. Hopefully Members can be provided with the relevant information regarding the change and be given the opportunity to provide feedback in a meaningful and productive way. Members in Payroll Services will be regularly updated as to the progress of the issue.

When a workplace change is proposed, Members have a right to be provided with a Change Proposal. You also have a right to seek clarification on any part of the proposal, and a right to be represented by your Union in any consultation process regarding change. Members also have a right to provide feedback on the proposal or make alternative proposals that must be considered BEFORE the implementation of change. Members are advised to respect the status quo and refuse to undertake any duties associated with the change if consultation has not occurred or is unfinished.

If change is occurring or has been proposed in your area and you are concerned that the mandated process is not being followed, contact HACSU immediately. Results from action in other areas confirms that standing up and standing together results in the best outcome for all Members.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter Members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsutas.net.au or complete our online contact form.