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Agency commits to consult
TASMANIA Fire Service and the wider Department of Emergency Services are looking to merge their corporate services after months of confusion, misinformation and staggered processes.
Members have now received a commitment they’ll be fully consulted and will have a chance to see change proposals and give feedback before decisions are made and changes take place.
Consultation makes sense and improves change to workplaces, and agencies must consult under the Tasmanian State Service Award, but we find this often doesn’t happen and it can take some time before departments go back and follow the consultation process.
Talking to people working in affected areas often provides useful feedback on implications of the change, and workers’ unions can give valuable advice and guidance on industrial matters. It’s great that Members in TFS and DPEM Corporate Services now have this chance.