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The state of the parties

CPSU has written to political parties contesting the upcoming Victorian state election to ask them how they will treat public sector workers if elected.

Click on the Party logo below to see their answers.

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View: Liberal & Nationals response

Watch his eyes. Answered with the sort of conviction you could take to the bank.

Matthew Guy announces the relocation of govt departments to Ballarat. CPSU has requested more information including support for employees.

Matthew Guy announces that he doesn't need LXRA or TFV employees for advice on rail upgrades.

1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

The Liberal Nationals support a strong, capable and apolitical VPS, and we support the provision of programs to enhance both the individual capabilities of employees and the overall capability of the Victorian Public Service.

2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

The Liberal Nationals are open to negotiating an agreement for long term casual and fixed term staff to convert to ongoing employment. The terms and scope of the agreement will depend in part on the organisational needs of various parts of the VPS, and on the wishes and preferences of the employees involved.

3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

The Liberal Nationals strongly support gender equality and equal pay for employees regardless of gender.

4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

The focus of the Liberal Nationals is on strengthening and extending the provision of front line services for Victorians. Rather than making employees redundant, this may indeed involve expanding employee numbers, particularly in front-line service delivery areas.

5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

The Liberal Nationals believe that the decision to join or not to join a union is one for individual employees, and we support the right of VPS employees to choose to join or not to join a union.

6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

The Liberal Nationals intend to retain the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and on coming to government, will examine whether or not to extend its coverage. We are strongly opposed to workplace bullying, as indeed to bullying in any context. On coming to government, we will consult with the Victorian Public Sector Commission, the CPSU and other stakeholders about possible measures to strengthen anti-bullying protections within the Victorian public sector.

7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

Unlike the Labor Party, the Liberal Nationals will not engage in anti-privatisation rhetoric and then proceed to privatise entities such as the Land Titles Office with inadequate consideration of the implications for delivery of services or the jobs of VPS employees.

8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

The Liberal Nationals support the improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and the promotion of cultural awareness and respectful behaviour by and for all employees. The Liberal Nationals’ policy is to support the current VPS target of increasing Aboriginal participation in the Victorian Public Sector to 2 per cent.

9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

The Liberal Nationals believe that public sector employees are one of the community’s greatest assets. State governments are service delivery organisations, and the success of state governments in delivering the services the community is seeking depends on the skills and dedication of its workforce.

The Liberal Nationals consider that the Victorian public sector is fortunate to have many outstanding people in its workforce at all levels, from frontline police, nurses and teachers through to senior public servants, who serve the community with enormous dedication and professionalism, often working very long hours.

Accordingly, the Liberal Nationals support the negotiation of enterprise bargaining agreements that provide fair and reasonable wages and conditions to Victoria’s public sector employees, with work practices that allow people to do their jobs in the best possible way and provide the best possible services for clients, customers and the community, and which avoid unreasonable workload demands.

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View: Labor's response

1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

See letter above

2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

See letter above

3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

State Government has announced it will waive the 12 month continuous service qualifying period for accessing paid primary and secondary caregiver parental leave entitlements from 1st January 2019 as a gender equity initiative ahead of bargaining for the next VPS Agreement scheduled for next year.

4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

See letter above

5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

See letter above

6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

See letter above

7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

Labor has promised to create a new Victorian Fair Jobs Code

8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

See letter above

9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

See letter above

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1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

We support the development of in-house capability within the VPS in principle, in line with our commitment to increasing job security across the board. Our support for improving specific capabilities would need to be based on a process of consultation and a thorough examination of evidence and needs, and once agreed to, we’d ensure allocation of adequate funding to support education and training to develop those capabilities.

2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

Yes – the Victorian Greens are strongly committed to reducing job insecurity, and we see a reduction in long-term casual and fixed term employees as a critical part of that. Again, the best mechanism for achieving this – going beyond a commitment in principle to ensure that we are having a genuine impact on increasing job security – would need to be developed through a consultation process.

3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

The Greens support the development of gender equality policies and equal pay principles right across the public sector.

4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

Maximising job security and committing to zero redundancies provides very little flexibility for the sector as a whole, and there are good reasons for maintaining flexibility over the long term. We’re committed to increasing job security, reducing the use of labour hire across the public sector, and we would certainly prioritise minimising forced redundancies wherever possible.

5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

Yes we would – the Queensland Government has made some strong and worthwhile commitments within this Agreement and we fully support development of a similar instrument that meets the needs and promotes the rights of Victorian workers.

6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

The Greens are committed to retaining and implementing the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and to developing and implementing bullying prevention strategies.

7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

The Greens are deeply opposed to current levels of privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services. We were the only party to oppose the sale of the Port and the Land Titles Office. We instigated the Parliamentary review in the Land Titles Office sale, which uncovered convincing evidence on the harms and damage of privatisation of public assets. More information on our position can be found here.

8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

The Greens support providing culturally safe recruitment and interview processes for Aboriginal people applying for employment within this sector. The Greens also support far greater cultural awareness and respect training across the public sector, for all employees. Lidia Thorpe has called for mandatory training to be included in Parliament of Victoria’s staff induction process. She also called for in-depth cultural awareness training for be offered to staff and MPs as part of the Parliament of Victoria training program.

9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

The Greens are strong supporters of collective bargaining. We believe that a whole of government approach to bargaining is something that needs a lot more attention and commitment, and that current arrangements have reduced the ability of unions and workers to get the best outcomes in a way that’s efficient and leverages the experience and negotiations of other sectors. We’re committed to examining how enterprise bargaining can work better right across the board, with the ultimate aim of providing better and more equal outcomes for all workers.

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From the Herald Sun:

Victorian state election 2018: Reason Party’s plan to trial a four-day work week in Victoria

MONIQUE HORE
November 12, 2018 3:43pm
THE work week would be cut to four days for some state government bureaucrats, under a radical plan by the Reason Party.
Leader Fiona Patten will today call for a year-long trial of a four-day working week in a bid to boost staff happiness and lessen work strain.
“It is an idea that has been trialled overseas with resounding success and should be tested here,” Ms Patten said.

Under the Reason Party plan, the four-day work week would be trialled in one government department for 12 months.
Employees would maintain 95 per cent of their full-time salary and sacrifice some leave in exchange for working one less day a week.
Through rostering, the department would still operate Monday-Friday.

Reason Party leader Fiona Patten will announce the policy today. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
It comes after a trial by New Zealand company Perpetual Guardian recorded a 7 per cent drop in stress levels.

Another study by the Workforce Institute at Kronos found almost half of Australians were in favour of a four-day work week.

“With no loss of productivity and the advantages of improved employee satisfaction, less time lost to sick leave and better work life balance, this can be a real win-win,” Ms Patten said.

Ms Patten said, if the trial was successful, the initiative could be expanded to the private sector.
monique.hore@news.com.au

1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

Reason would be generally supportive of improved in-house capability and training, however Reason’s state election platform does not specifically address this issue.

2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

Yes. Reason is committed to improving job security within the VPS.

3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

Reason has a strong set of policies regarding gender equality and equal pay. We are supportive of programs focused on cultural change and the introduction of gender analysis across government policy and departments.

4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

Reason is committed to improving VPS job security, however the changing of work, including digitisation, means that we cannot rule out redundancies all together.

5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

Employees should be able to exercise free choice as to whether they join a union or not. We are supportive of new employees being provided information about their relevant union and the benefits of union membership, but not mandating that managers in the public sector must encourage union membership.

6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

Yes. Fiona Patten’s Reason Party has a strong focus on mental health and anti-bullying programs.

7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

Outsourcing can lead to a loss of managerial control, quality control and shift in focus to profits over service delivery – and it sit uncomfortably with the roles and responsibilities of the public sector. Reason is broadly opposed to the outsourcing of public sector jobs in this context

8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

Reason is strongly supportive of cultural awareness and respect training for all public sector employees as a means to improving Aboriginal employment outcomes.

9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

Reason supports a collective bargaining process for the VPS.

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2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

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3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

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4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

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5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

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6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

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7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

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8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

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9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

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1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

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2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

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3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

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4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

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5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

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6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

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7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

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8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

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9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

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1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

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2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

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3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

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4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

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5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

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6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

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7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

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8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

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9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

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1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

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2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

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3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

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4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

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5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

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6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

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7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

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8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

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9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

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1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

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2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

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3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

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4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

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5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

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6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

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7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

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8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

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9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

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View: Liberal & Nationals response

1. What is your party's policy on the development of in-house capability within the VPS and the provision of education and training program for employees to enhance that capability?

The Liberal Nationals support a strong, capable and apolitical VPS, and we support the provision of programs to enhance both the individual capabilities of employees and the overall capability of the Victorian Public Service.

2. Would your party commit to negotiating an agreement to convert long term casual and fixed term employees to ongoing employment?

The Liberal Nationals are open to negotiating an agreement for long term casual and fixed term staff to convert to ongoing employment. The terms and scope of the agreement will depend in part on the organisational needs of various parts of the VPS, and on the wishes and preferences of the employees involved.

3. What is your party's position on establishing Gender Equality policies and Equal Pay Principles for the Victorian Public Sector?

The Liberal Nationals strongly support gender equality and equal pay for employees regardless of gender.

4, Will your party commit to a program of no redundancies in the public sector?

The focus of the Liberal Nationals is on strengthening and extending the provision of front line services for Victorians. Rather than making employees redundant, this may indeed involve expanding employee numbers, particularly in front-line service delivery areas.

5. Will your party commit to establishing a Union Encouragement Agreement similar to the Queensland Government?

The Liberal Nationals believe that the decision to join or not to join a union is one for individual employees, and we support the right of VPS employees to choose to join or not to join a union.

6. Will your party commit to retaining the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and agreeing to roll it out across the sector, including committing to a comprehensive Bullying prevention strategy?

The Liberal Nationals intend to retain the Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter and on coming to government, will examine whether or not to extend its coverage. We are strongly opposed to workplace bullying, as indeed to bullying in any context. On coming to government, we will consult with the Victorian Public Sector Commission, the CPSU and other stakeholders about possible measures to strengthen anti-bullying protections within the Victorian public sector.

7. What is your party's position on privatisation and outsourcing of public sector jobs and services?

Unlike the Labor Party, the Liberal Nationals will not engage in anti-privatisation rhetoric and then proceed to privatise entities such as the Land Titles Office with inadequate consideration of the implications for delivery of services or the jobs of VPS employees.

8. What is your party's policy in relation to improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and promotion of cultural awareness and safety?

The Liberal Nationals support the improvement of Aboriginal employment outcomes and the promotion of cultural awareness and respectful behaviour by and for all employees. The Liberal Nationals’ policy is to support the current VPS target of increasing Aboriginal participation in the Victorian Public Sector to 2 per cent.

9. What is your party's approach to enterprise bargaining in the public sector?

The Liberal Nationals believe that public sector employees are one of the community’s greatest assets. State governments are service delivery organisations, and the success of state governments in delivering the services the community is seeking depends on the skills and dedication of its workforce.

The Liberal Nationals consider that the Victorian public sector is fortunate to have many outstanding people in its workforce at all levels, from frontline police, nurses and teachers through to senior public servants, who serve the community with enormous dedication and professionalism, often working very long hours.

Accordingly, the Liberal Nationals support the negotiation of enterprise bargaining agreements that provide fair and reasonable wages and conditions to Victoria’s public sector employees, with work practices that allow people to do their jobs in the best possible way and provide the best possible services for clients, customers and the community, and which avoid unreasonable workload demands.

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