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Public servants displaced by the new Government's shake-up of the APS will retain their current pay and conditions for the time being, according to transitional arrangments.
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service, Eric Abetz has guaranteed that workers moving Departments will continue to have the same conditions while the service chiefs work through the implications of "machinery of government" changes made last week.
The Public Service Commission has announced in a new circular that all workers displaced by the changes will keep their wages and conditions, at least in the short term.
"In the case of an Agency that has been abolished, this will mean that terms and conditions of its former employees will continue to be preserved, even though the Agency itself has been abolished," the commission said.
"This will give Agencies time to work through the implications of receiving employees covered by agreements with potentially significantly different terms and conditions to those of the gaining Agency."
But the commission warned that Departments would have to work on getting new employees into their enterprise bargaining deals sooner or later.
"As these implications are worked through in the coming weeks, arrangements will be made to release employees from the operation of the determination," the commission said.
The announcement from the commission also acknowledged Public Servants in the same workplace would be on different terms and conditions and called for collaboration between different parts of the service to make the changes as smooth as possible.
"There will be a period during which some employees working in a single Agency or Department, particularly new Agencies combining functions of a number of former Agencies, may have different terms and conditions of employment in comparison to other employees," the Commission's circular stated.
"Affected agencies may need to manage multiple sets of terms and conditions of employment for a transitional period.
"It may be most efficient for losing agencies to continue to support transferred employees for a time. Gaining and losing agencies are encouraged to collaborate to minimise transaction costs to the maximum extent possible."
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Edition 380, 24 September 2013