Newsletter February 10 by TR59h6Z


									                                        QUEENSLAND PROTECTIVE SECURITY OFFICER'S
                                                    ASSOCIATION INC.
                                            PO BOX 7579 EAST BRISBANE QLD 4169

Uniform caps
Many of you are eagerly awaiting the introduction of baseball style caps as a uniform item. The time taken
to introduce the baseball caps into the service must be some kind of record, even for the public sector.

 7 Nov 06  Officer writes to the uniform committee proposing evaluation of a baseball cap.
 19 Dec 06 Uniform committee meets and agrees to investigate costing baseball caps.
 20 Dec 06 Uniform committee recommends to Mick Bowe that baseball caps be supplied to all officers in
           lieu of the fur felt hat. Fur felt hats to be issued to officers who need them such as those
           working outdoors during the day or in high profile locations.
 28 Mar 07 Committee receives quote for caps and embroidery.
 30 Mar 07 Committee examines quotes and discusses WH&S issues raised by Mick Bowe that are
           associated with baseball caps.
  2 Apr 07 Uniform committee sends report to Mick Bowe and expands its position on the caps.
           Advantages for wear in transit, at night, when driving and in windy conditions outlined.
 Mar 2008 Survey of members of the SGPSS conducted - overwhelming support received.
 25 Feb 09 Baseball caps approved in principle by Tony Nobes.
  2 Dec 09 Sample cap sourced and accepted by uniform committee.
  9 Dec 09 Tony Nobes seeks approval for baseball caps from the Administrator, Keith Eaton, General
           Manager, QBuild.
 21 Jan 10 Advice received that the Administrator, Keith Eaton (GM QBuild) requests further
           information. Not yet approved. Tony Nobes to redraft the submission for consideration.
     ?     Caps approved by the administrator?
     ?     Caps manufactured?
     ?     Caps issued?

National Medal
When the National Medal was established in 1975, (“Gough’s gong”) it recognised 15 years of diligent
service by members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as well as police, fire and ambulance services.
In 1982, new awards were introduced for long service in the ADF and their eligibility ceased. Since then,
eligibility for the National Medal has been steadily expanded to include:

       The Australian Protective Service                         The VMR Mornington Volunteer Marine
       Correctional services                                      Rescue
       Emergency services                                        Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue
       NSW transit officers                                       Service (aircrews)
       Volunteer Coast Guard                                     Volunteer Marine Rescue Association
       SA Sea Rescue Squadron                                     Queensland Inc.
       Lifesaving Australia                                      Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad Inc.

The approval process is lengthy and the Commonwealth prefers to deal with joint submissions from similar
groups. This has been the case with the SGPSS and the Victorian Protective Service Unit. The Manager,
SGS advises that the progress has been delayed (perhaps due to Victoria’s bushfires) but he will continue to
pursue the matter with our Victorian counterparts. We can only hope that process will be completed faster
than the baseball caps or members of the service will have to be awarded the National Medal posthumously.

Are OO3 SPSO’s supervisors?
Some SPSO’s have been told that they are not to give OO2 PSO’s instructions, training or directions. The reason
given was that the OO3 SPSO has a higher position only because they are empowered officers, not because they
are of supervisory rank. At other locations, the reverse is applied and OO3 SPSO’s are told they are in a
supervisory position, many of them also exercising higher duties.
An up to date copy of the Position Description for SPSO’s clearly shows that OO3 SPSO’s do have a
supervisory role. Key task No. 6 is:
Provide direct supervision, performance management, and on-the-job training of staff in relation to daily SGPSS
operations and procedures.

Be aware that Mick Bowe has instructed the SGS receptionist to open and date stamp all mail, including
franked postal items whether or not they are addressed to individuals by name. Only official mail marked
“Personal” and/or “Confidential” will remain unopened.

Casual employment
According to our EB, a casual employee is:
an employee other than a permanent or temporary employee as defined herein, who is engaged as such on
an hourly basis to work for less than the ordinary working hours of a full-time employee.

Out of the total of 40 casual officers employed by the Service, fifteen are either working full time or more
than 76 hrs a fortnight. The demand was so great that during the pay period 21 Jan-3 Feb 10, some casual
officers were rostered to work the following:

            96 hours                               84 hours                               80 hours
            80.5 hours                             84 hours                               94 hours
            80 hours                               89.5 hours                             80 hours

The EB further states:
The parties are committed to maximizing permanent employment where possible, casual or temporary
forms of employment should only be utilized where permanent employment is not viable or appropriate.
Workforce planning and management strategies will be utilised to assist in determining the appropriate
workforce mix for current and future needs.

The QPSOA suggests it’s time to start planning and managing our staffing levels and convert some casual
positions in order to honour the agreement.

Temporary employment
According to our EB, a temporary employee is:
an employee engaged for a specific period of time, or for project(s) or duties where the finishing date is
specified at the commencement of employment and is not extended for any reason other than to complete the
project(s) or duties.

The EB further states:
(1) Consistent with the Public Service Act 1996, the parties agree that temporary employees shall only be
engaged by QBuild State Government Security where a position is established with a client for a period of
no more than twelve (12) months or where special circumstances/projects arise.

(2) Temporary employees receive the same rate of pay according to the particular shift pattern that they work
as if they are engaged on a permanent basis. State Government Security is committed to ensuring that the
use of temporary employment is consistent with Public Sector Policy.

There are 15 officers employed as temporary employees who are performing fulltime general duties. The
natural attrition of permanent officers is not a special circumstance. When will the management honour it’s
commitment to the EB and convert those officers employed on a temporary basis to permanent positions?

Special QPSOA meeting
The committee intends to hold a special meeting of the QPSOA at the Norman Hotel on Sat 13 March 10 at
1600hrs. I encourage all members to attend and vote on an important issue as well as receive a report on
recent activities.

Jon Klaebe
President QPSOA

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