Restructures - when do Unions get involved?
We have recently received a number of questions about when Unions should get involved in the restructure.
The Enterprise Agreement (EA2020) gives guidance that GPC must consult with Unions when a change is proposed.
GPC must minimise the impact of change where possible and consult with impacted persons on the change.
This is where Unions can assist employees to ask pertinent questions and advocate for reasonable outcomes.
You can see below that the Org Design Process has four (4) steps.
Unions are involved at Sharing the Approach Step (Step 1). We become involved again during the Consultation and Implementation (shown in the last step – Step 4).
Defining the Current State (Step 2) and Identifying the Future State (Step 3) is where employees and managers work together to find the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. We are not directly involved in this part of the process; however, you can certainly seek our advice during this time.
GPC use the information gathered over the course of the Org Design Process to formulate Recommendations (Step 4) to be endorsed.
If you are unsure where your department or team sits within the Org Design, please reach out to your delegates and they can provide this information.
If you are in the Consultation and Implementation Phase and your union hasn’t been included, please reach out to us and we will ensure you are supported.
If you have not yet signed up as a member of our Union and this message has been shared with you, you can join here to ensure your employment is protected during this restructure.
The Services Union is by your side during this restructure.