Thursday, 22 June 2017

Water NSW members’ bulletin

Water NSW members’ bulletin – June 2017 (PDF version)

Missing 3.3 per cent pay rise

CPSU NSW wrote to Water NSW regarding the Fair Work Annual Wage Review passing on up to 3.3 per cent pay rises to employees on state copied instruments. This has now resulted in Water NSW agreeing to pass on only part of the pay rise to some Water NSW employees.

In spite of writing to Water NSW, the CPSU NSW has not heard back from them directly. The message from Daniel Lucas to employees on 20 June 2017 was passed on to the CPSU NSW by members. The unions are still waiting to hear any official response from Water NSW.

As far as their claim that less than 3.3 per cent should be passed on, the unions do not agree. You can see the letter the CPSU NSW wrote to David Harris this morning on behalf of the CPSU NSW HERE, the ASU and Professionals Australia pointing out why the unions claim the full 3.3 per cent should be passed on to ex-DPI Water and ex-SCA employees, as well as ex-SWC employees to ensure that all employees are treated fairly and equitably.

Please forward this to your colleagues so they know the CPSU NSW is challenging Water NSW’s proposal to pay less than the independent umpire’s decision. Please ask your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU NSW online.

Transferring back to the NSW Public Service

The CPSU NSW is also supporting members who came from DPI Water in their transfer back to the NSW Public Sector. When an employee of a State Owned Corporation was a Public Servant immediately prior to working for the SOC, and this was in the past three years and they successfully apply for a position in the NSW Public Service, the SOC Act requires that they be treated as a Public Servant and have their leave accrual and service recognised.

The CPSU NSW has written to the Department seeking recognition of the full leave balances, with the funding of the balances being transferred from Water NSW. The Department is seeking advice from the Public Service Commissioner.

The PSA will continue to support members who transfer back to the Public Service and will let members know the outcome of whether leave balances will be accepted by the Public Service Commissioner.

Please note, all members of the CPSU in NSW are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the associated body that manages and resources the CPSU in NSW.