Parks staff to meet over job cut fears

NERVOUS Parks Victoria staff will meet in Warrnambool next week over a departmental shake-up likely to cost jobs. 

Hundreds of employees were told just before Christmas their jobs could be scrapped or they may have to re-apply under a restructure. 

The union representing staff lodged a claim with the Australian Fair Work Commission yesterday after Parks management did not say how many jobs were being reviewed.

It’s unclear how many south-west positions are in doubt.

“That’s the point, we don’t know,” Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) organiser Amy Spencer said. 

“We’re asking Parks Victoria for that level of detail but they’re not providing it.” 

In a letter to the union, Parks Victoria boss Bill Jackson said the review was not yet completed. 

“The actual position classifications will not be finished until the structures are finalised (and) position descriptions evaluated. These numbers exclude project firefighters and summer rangers,” Mr Jackson wrote. 

“I understand that the proposed changes redeployment process is causing some disquiet for a number of employees, particularly in regional and remote locations. 

“We want the process to be as open and fair as possible.” 

Parks Victoria is promising only minimal job losses from the restructure.

There are a total of 1034 staff, with the shake-up expected to bring numbers down to 1018.

Ms Spencer said union members feared they would have to re-apply for their job at a lesser grade and salary.

Staff will meet on Tuesday to discuss the cuts.

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