APESMA members have run a successful campaign to ensure professional positions are not downgraded during the workplace redesign process that is part of budget cuts at Brisbane City Council.
Members signed a petition calling on council to ensure that engineers would not be forced on to lesser conditions and that roles would not be downgraded during the current workplace redesign process.
The petition has given members a voice to enter into meaningful discussions with management and has secured the following concessions:
1. Engineering positions will be differentiated from Technical Positions. All engineer position descriptions will have RPEQ (Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland) listed as desirable in Development Assessment. This will differentiate professional engineer roles from non-engineer roles (i.e. Technical Officers). There will be further discussions with APESMA at a senior level and review of all engineer positions with amendments made where neccessary.
2. The new “To Be Structure” at Brisbane City Council wiil have the right mix of engineering skills. This will be achieved through the continuing review and feedback on the “To Be Structure”. This will include issues such as how many and what mix of engineers as identified by APESMA member concerns.
3. The Council’s Placement Plan will protect engineers on SSP contracts. The Placement Plan will be actioned for EBA employees. This means that the EBA placement plan will be linked to a placement process for engineers on contracts to ensure they are not forced in to lesser roles. As workplace redesign occurs, advice from senior professionals will be sought. Engineers will not lose their entitlement to the (VR) voluntary redundancy process.
While concerns about the reasoning behind slashing jobs at Brisbane City Council has not been resolved, APESMA members will be protected throughout the process.
For more information contact your QLD APESMA Delegate or Organiser on (07) 3832 1477.