As key as the Department of Health was to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) will be equally key to our recovery from the pandemic.
Agriculture, aquaculture, viticulture, our National Parks, world heritage areas and reserves, our quarantine barrier, the protection of our unique flora and fauna, the protection of our cultural heritage – these are just a few responsibilities of DPIPWE staff.
DPIPWE has been smashed by repeated budget cuts over decades.
In recent years there has been an over reliance on volunteers, systematic privatization, corporatisation and politicization, the introduction of minimum hour contracts, the exploitation of shift work; Agency policies are often inconsistent with Awards, Agreements, employer policy and the law.
Many of you do not have the resources to do the important work you’re employed to do.
There is disrespect for the important work of many DPIPWE staff and a lack of understanding of the long-term nature of some of their work. There is a high degree of single person dependency without the commensurate respect for the expertise of these workers.
The CPSU will be working with our members to develop a set of principles to drive positive change in DPIPWE.
We’ll then need to campaign to have those principles implemented and highlight each and every occasion the management of DPIPWE or the government strays from those principles.
Talk with your CPSU workplace Delegate about how to get more involved.
Ask your workmates to join their union.
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