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Survey Identifies Need for Significant Change

A major survey commissioned by two of Tasmanian’s largest unions, the Community & Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) identifies the need for significant change to the culture of Tasmania’s state public sector.

Just 39% of survey respondents have trust and confidence in the leadership of their Agency while only 32% consider they are consulted before decisions affecting them are taken.

The survey identifies serious concerns with performance management and promotion. Just 16% of respondents agree underperformance is effectively managed and only 22% feel high-level performance is meaningfully recognised. Little more than one-quarter of respondents say promotions in their workplace are merit-based.

Some 65% indicate general overall job satisfaction, leaving plenty of room for improvement.

“This survey is a wake-up call for the government,” says CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch.

“It shows a loyal and dedicated workforce being let down by poor management that devalues and disrespects people.”

“The Tasmanian public sector was once the employer of choice but now just 19% of workers say they would recommend employment in the state service to family and friends. By addressing the issues raised in the survey the government can improve productivity and restore morale,” Mr Lynch says.

An area of great concern is just 46% of respondents say they haven’t seen bullying or harassment in their workplace over the previous 12 months. Bullying and harassment are major impacts on the health of workers and lowers productivity.

“High levels of bullying and harassment are common in workplaces where change is poorly managed,” says HACSU State Secretary Chris Brown.

“The government must show leadership to make workplaces free from bullying and harassment. They must address the root causes and adopt a zero tolerance approach.”

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