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Pub­lic ser­vants fear­ing for jobs ‘Se­cure work needed’

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that peo­ple act­ing in “higher du­ties” for some­times up to a decade were afraid to speak openly and hon­estly to man­agers, or even take hol­i­days, be­cause they feared they would be de­moted back to their sub­stan­tive po­si­tion to their fi­nan­cial detri­ment.

Queens­land Coun­cil of Unions gen­eral sec­re­tary Michael Clif­ford said it was im­por­tant to pro­vide peo­ple with fi­nan­cial cer­tainty, so they could ap­ply for loans and spend in the re­cov­er­ing postCOVID econ­omy.

Mr Clif­ford urged the gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce an amend­ment that al­lowed an em­ployee to ap­peal a de­ci­sion not to give them per­ma­nency af­ter a year.

Mr Clif­ford also said that there was a prob­lem within the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion as it al­lowed for a per­son to con­tinue in in­se­cure em­ploy­ment if their man­ager failed to make a de­ci­sion on per­ma­nency – a sit­u­a­tion that un­fairly dis­ad­van­taged the worker.

The leg­is­la­tion will change dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures and pro­vide an en­ti­tle­ment for a pub­lic ser­vant who runs for par­lia­ment but is de­feated at an elec­tion to be reap­pointed to their for­mer po­si­tion.

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Alex Scott

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