EIGHT south-west workers at the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) will lose their jobs as the community and public sector union prepares to ramp up industrial action.
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Community and Public Sector Union state secretary Karen Batt said following the state government announcement last year to shed 3600 jobs from the public sector she knew of eight DSE staff who would not have their contracts renewed in the south-west.

She said she was not aware of any job losses for Parks Victoria staff in the south-west.

VicSES staff, whose members are in the same union, have voted in favour of bans and some limitations, starting today.

Ms Batt said there were 110 full-time staff across the state and their industrial action had the backing of SES volunteers.

“The bans will be on stand-by rosters, rolling out new system and implementing changes from the Comrie report,” she said.

“VicSES, Parks and employees at Parliament are three such agencies where bargaining has hit a stalemate at the government offer of 2.5 per cent only,” she said.

“Parliament members have had their protected action ballot ordered by Fair Work, with action pending. Parks members have voted to extend protected action beyond park closures to now include reduction burn bans.”

Ms Batt said all these separate agreements expired in the middle of 2011 and frustrated employees were voting in overwhelming numbers to take protected action.

A spokeswoman for DSE said the department was investigating ways to meet the state government’s objectives, while ensuring skills critical to operational needs were maintained and service delivery was not impacted.

“A number of short-term contracts with DSE, across a range of positions, will come to an end by the end of June,” she said.

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