Starting the year with a win – improved representation rights for members and delegates.
On 1 January 2021, a new clause was enacted, making representation by your Union much easier.
The win at the WA Industrial Relations Commission means CPSU/CSA officials, employees and delegates are recognised as legitimate representatives of members in matters of discipline, substandard performance and fitness for work.
In the past, members had to inform their employer they are being represented by the Union in writing prior to any discussions commencing, a small prerequisite that was often missed in what can be a very stressful time. Unfortunately, even when these requirements were met, objections often still arose around providing the Union with information due to privacy or confidentiality issues.
This year Clause 36A (or equivalent in other Awards) was enacted, so when the union states they’re representing a member, that statement is sufficient enough.
Removing the need for written authority from a member means a lot less stress in what can be a confronting process and another great win for public sector workers!
Delegates will be invited to attend one of 10 training sessions to be held in February (Metro) with regional trips schedule through late February and early March (Albany, Geraldton, Bunbury and Kalgoorlie).