Service Tasmania Workers Keep Protective Screens Following Review

There is nothing more important to your Union than your health and safety at work. 

Protective screens were a major win for workers after being initially denied by Service Tasmania management in May 2020. CPSU members took action, spoke out and led the way for subsequent victories in courts, libraries, police stations and countless other public sector workplaces.  

Service Tasmania management recently advised the CPSU that there will be no immediate changes to plexiglass screens in Shops following a review. Service Tasmania’s review findings have been provided to the departmental risk assessment team so that from now on the screens can be considered in any future Department of Premier and Cabinet risk assessments. 

The CPSU have been advised that they expect the next DPAC Risk Assessment will also consider the future of mask wearing in workplaces. With COVID-19 and influenza infections once again plaguing our state, it is more important than ever for workers to speak together to ensure your work health and safety is prioritised. Contact your CPSU Organiser Jess Greene at j.greene@tas.cpsu.com.au or on 0401 968 394 with comment, questions, or other feedback.  

Did you see CPSU’s Log of Claims for Service Tasmania staff? 

In addition to a fair wage increase, CPSU members have drafted over 100 claims to take into negotiations for our next public sector wages agreement. The claim is broken down to claims for all members, for our five core campaign pillars, as well as agency-level and occupation-level claims. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to catch up on it here!  

Specifically for members in Service Tasmania, we have requested: 

  • Additional employee FTE for busy urban shops, to cope with workload 
  • Security arrangements to be reviewed, particularly for shops where staff work alone 
  • Start and finish times to be reviewed so employees are paid for the extra time it takes to open up each day. If you work an extra 10-15 minutes a day, it equates to 60 hours unpaid a year!  
  • Casual employees to be converted to permanent part time to give them a secure job where they can keep their skills and knowledge up to date  
  • Annual reviews for permanent part time employees, whereby additional casual hours regularly worked can be made permanent. 

Thank you for all you do for our community! 

If you ever need assistance, you can contact your nearest delegate or CPSU Organiser Jess Greene at j.greene@tas.cpsu.com.au. Wherever you are in the public sector, you can contact the CPSU with any feedback you would like to be shared collectively and anonymously with your department to help inform Risk Assessments. Get in touch at communications@tas.cpsu.com.au

Know a colleague who isn’t in the Union? Ask them to join today at https://www.cpsu.com.au/join/ 

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