THE CPSU is pleased to report that today the Premier Lara Giddings has tabled in the House of Assembly a Bill to amend Section 47 of the State Service Act 2000. The effect of the amendment will be to return the Bill to what existed prior to the changes that were made in 2011 i.e. the minimum period a surplus employee would spend on the redeployment list would be 12 months instead of 6 months.
Public Sector unions strongly opposed the changes to Section 47 in 2011 because we did not believe this course was necessary and we were concerned about the impact it would have on job security and confidence. We have campaigned continually since that time to have the Act changed back.
Providing public sector workers with improved job security has been a key element of the current round of wages agreement bargaining. The government has agreed to amend Employment Direction 25 to remove referral to Section 47, it has agreed to commit to no forced redundancies in the registered Agreement and now it is acting to return the State Service Act to its original settings.
The Bill is expected to be debated in the House of Assembly later this week and will then need to be passed by the Legislative Council to become law. We will keep Members updated as the Bill progresses.