CYS commitment on vacancies
LAST WEEK the CPSU represented Child Protection Workers statewide at the Tasmanian Industrial Commission (TIC) to discuss the ongoing issue about the recruitment and vacancy processes contributing to the major workload concerns for staff in Children and Youth Services (CYS).
The discussions held between the parties, with the help of the TIC were both positive and productive. CYS acknowledged the business rules agreed in June 2012 weren’t being complied with but detailed action to remedy this situation.
CYS reported 26.2 FTE positions were vacant as of 14 March but stated that the recruitment processes were currently well advanced for the 14.8 FTE and had been initiated for the remaining 11.4 FTE. Of equal importance CYS reported it would now be adopting a recruitment strategy that was anticipatory rather than reactive and this would ensure all of the 186.3 FTE positions funded statewide would be filled and kept filled. As an indication of its commitment CYS agreed to report to all staff monthly to clearly show the number of positions filled and where vacancies existed how they are being filled.
Receiving the commitment that CYS will fill all positions and keep them filled is a massive win for all CPSU Child Protection Members and should be celebrated.
The issue that remains is the arrangements for the backfilling of temporary vacancies i.e. paid leave, such as, maternity leave, annual leave, secondments, Workers Compensation and sick leave. One option that both parties are undertaking to discuss further is a permanent staffing relief pool to fill vacancies on any given day. The issue with this solution is cost but the parties have been investigating ways to fund such positions and we remain hopeful a resolution can be found in the very near future.
The outcome of yesterday’s conference was extremely positive and your CPSU is confident that we can address all the issues raised above. Well done to Members who were involved, this is a great achievement.
If you have any questions about the TIC conference or outcome of yesterday’s events please contact your Organiser Sarah Miller on either 6234 1708 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for further discussion. Sarah will update Members again once further deliberations are held with the Department, and Sarah will also be on site at St Johns building to speak with Members next Wednesday April 1 from 10.30am onwards.