Thursday, 16 November 2023

Merry Christmas, Colleagues. You’re sacked.

In a written response to submissions made only yesterday by the CPSU NSW, Northcott has confirmed it intends to press ahead with plans to cut up to 15 Service Coordinator positions before Christmas, dismissing the union’s suggested delay in forced job losses until at least 1 February 2024. Click here for a copy of Northcott’s response.

In what can only be described as tone-deaf, Northcott – one of the largest disability services charities in NSW – assured the CPSU NSW that it understood “the timing may not be ideal for individuals who may be made redundant. However, the financial pressures influencing this proposal are significant and need to be addressed as soon as possible.” Perhaps the Board and Executive can explain the urgency to the families of those staff left jobless at Christmas time during the worst cost of living crisis in decades? Thanks, Santa. Thanks, Rudolph.

In a further blow, Northcott also appears to have ignored our request for outplacement support for staff made redundant as a result of restructuring. While the current enterprise agreement doesn’t mandate outplacement services, the CPSU NSW is conscious that many Service Coordinators have been with the business (or it predecessor) for a long-time and could benefit greatly from tailored support and assistance finding new work.

The CPSU NSW will now consider Northcott’s response before meeting again with members at 4:00pm on Monday, 20 November. Please note the meeting time in your diary. A Teams link will follow shortly.

In the meantime, you can contact the CPSU NSW on 1300 772 679.