Corrective Services undertakes to consult

Greg Butler
Industrial Officer

After numerous requests from Federation, Corrective Services NSW has undertaken to include the union in discussions about the Offender Management and Policy Division review.

Since the release of the review’s broad terms of reference in May 2013 Federation has sought further details about the review’s impact on educational services, but Corrective Services NSW officials kept replying that they were not in a position to release details.

Notwithstanding Commissioner Peter Severin’s undertaking to comply with mandatory consultation procedures (letter dated August 9, 2013), announcements relating to proposed cuts to education services at a correctional facility at Silverwater were issued to teaching staff in late February, without consultation with Federation.

Federation objected over Corrective Services NSW’s failure to comply with obligations to consult affected employees and their industrial representatives under government policies, the employees’ award and the Industrial Relations Act.

At a meeting convened by Corrective Services NSW with Federation on March 20 to resolve a potential dispute in the Industrial Relations Commission, senior personnel in Corrective Services NSW conceded that they had not informed Federation of the Silverwater proposal and gave an undertaking to draft a consultative framework to include Federation in roundtable discussions about the review, along with the Public
Service Association.

Federation will continue to update and advise its Corrective Services members during the review and requests that members inform the Federation through their local Organiser and the Corrective Services Teachers Association of their industrial concerns.