Workplace change a worry for members
Change in the workplace is rarely a pleasant experience for those directly affected. Often employers do not realise the anguish and distress that workplace change can cause as it easily gets lost in the objective to get the change done.
Recently, our Member Services team has fielded calls from members in schools where restructures have been proposed. Some schools have acted in a manner consistent with their obligations in their collective agreement – offering full consultation either directly with affected staff or via their consultative committees.
However, in some schools this process has been accompanied by limited information being provided to members, leaving them feeling vulnerable and distressed at the thought of what will happen to their positions.
In such cases, our Industrial Services team is able to seek employer compliance with the consultative arrangements in their collective agreement to allow a much greater opportunity for staff to have input into any restructure and to identify ways that may mitigate the impact of the changes proposed.
Members have a right to be consulted about major workplace change and have a right to offer input that may assist in mitigating the impact on them.
These recent calls received by members highlight the importance of members notifying our union of any changes proposed in their workplace structure to ensure these rights are preserved.
If there is a restructure happening in your workplace, make sure you contact your Organiser or our office for advice.