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Agriculture giving 220 staff the arse

By johnboy - 12 November 2013 26

Government News has more from the killing grounds as “natural attrition” meets the same grim realities as “turning back the boats”:

An all staff email from Agriculture Department secretary, Paul Grimes, candidly admits that “natural attrition in recent months has proven to be lower than forecast” and that the department is now making “arrangements for a voluntary retrenchments program to further reduce our staffing levels.”

Mr Grimes’ recognition that natural attrition rates are materially less than anticipated is a double headache for the government because the retrenchments planned for Agriculture are a bitter hangover from the previous Labor government’s loathed efficiency dividend.

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Agriculture giving 220 staff the arse
460cixy 10:36 am 21 Nov 13

Successive government have managed to f*** agriculture in Australia so I can’t see much use for a department of agriculture

gungsuperstar 7:34 pm 20 Nov 13

The bloodbath continues…

900 VRs from Tax this afternoon.

Up to 200 – a quarter of the workforce – at Geoscience Australia at risk because of non-ongoing contracts. (Just as well they don’t do any important work like the Tsunami Warning Centre or anything…)

breda 11:48 pm 12 Nov 13

“Killing grounds”? Oh please. What an insult to people who have actually experienced “killing grounds” like Cambodians under Pol Pot or those caught up in Hutus vs Tutsis. I take it that you do know what the expression means. No wonder most Australians loathe us.

And, if past experience is any guide, people will be queueing up for VRs when they are (inevitably) offered.

Robertson 4:37 pm 12 Nov 13

Genie said :

davo101 said :

I can’t believe that no one realised that “natural attrition” is a meaningless term. How is setting up a super scheme that forces people out the door at 54-11 any more natural than a managerial buyout? Did people seriously think the government would just wait for a particularly harsh winter to thin out the herd?

Natural Attrition isn’t just for workers taking their 54-11.

This includes non-ongoing staff, staff who leave to take jobs elsewhere and just aren’t replaced. Could be that people on Mat leave aren’t covered for the 12 months they will take off. Roles may even be merged together so one person is doing the work that 3 people previously did.

Gosh, do they have to take 3 times as many coffee breaks as well? They’ll end up so wired they may be in danger of doing some actual work!

Genie 2:43 pm 12 Nov 13

harvyk1 said :

Genie said :

Involuntary redundancies are also sooooo muc cheaper as the person shown the door gets $0 in payouts. Only whatever leave is owed to them.

You sure about that, whilst I’m no employment expert when I received an involuntary redundancy a few years ago I also received a payout beyond just outstanding leave.

I do believe that small businesses are not required to hand out redundancy payments (thanks to work choices), but I thought medium / big / PS are required.

Staff are usually given a “redeployment” period. Where say in the next 6 months they can look for work or the department will take all measures to find them a new role.

Yes they will be given a payout.. less salary paid during the redeployment period.

harvyk1 1:26 pm 12 Nov 13

Genie said :

Involuntary redundancies are also sooooo muc cheaper as the person shown the door gets $0 in payouts. Only whatever leave is owed to them.

You sure about that, whilst I’m no employment expert when I received an involuntary redundancy a few years ago I also received a payout beyond just outstanding leave.

I do believe that small businesses are not required to hand out redundancy payments (thanks to work choices), but I thought medium / big / PS are required.

Thumper 1:20 pm 12 Nov 13

Pitchka said :

And if people dont take up their offer of 220 VR’s, what then?

Sadly, if the ACT government cannot rehome them, they will have to be culled.

davo101 12:56 pm 12 Nov 13

Pitchka said :

And if people dont take up their offer of 220 VR’s, what then?

The required number of staff are made involuntarily redundant. It’s not really rocket science.

Genie 12:51 pm 12 Nov 13

davo101 said :

I can’t believe that no one realised that “natural attrition” is a meaningless term. How is setting up a super scheme that forces people out the door at 54-11 any more natural than a managerial buyout? Did people seriously think the government would just wait for a particularly harsh winter to thin out the herd?

Natural Attrition isn’t just for workers taking their 54-11.

This includes non-ongoing staff, staff who leave to take jobs elsewhere and just aren’t replaced. Could be that people on Mat leave aren’t covered for the 12 months they will take off. Roles may even be merged together so one person is doing the work that 3 people previously did.

Genie 12:49 pm 12 Nov 13

Pitchka said :

And if people dont take up their offer of 220 VR’s, what then?

Then people get taps on the shoulder and shown the door, instead of being offered the door.

Involuntary redundancies are also sooooo muc cheaper as the person shown the door gets $0 in payouts. Only whatever leave is owed to them.

Primal 12:47 pm 12 Nov 13

Pitchka said :

And if people dont take up their offer of 220 VR’s, what then?

A hot air balloon race from here to Batemans Bay! Last 220 to arrive get declared surplus.

Pitchka 12:34 pm 12 Nov 13

And if people dont take up their offer of 220 VR’s, what then?

HiddenDragon 12:32 pm 12 Nov 13

“With the first redundancies slated to come from Agriculture’s Border Compliance Division in Canberra and passengers, mail and cargo programs in the regions, Labor is already lining up new Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce for a punishing welcome to his portfolio.” (Government News) – this suggests that new Ministers and their advisors need to keep a very close eye on where redunancies are occurring within their portfolios.

It will be ironically amusing watching the now Opposition trying to pretend that they didn’t cut worthwhile functions and that the nasty stuff only started after the election.

EvanJames 12:22 pm 12 Nov 13

54-11 only applies to the older members. Later joiners of the CSS (like me) had their preservation ages extended into their 60s (fair enough). but it’s clear that sensible people are doing the sensible thing: clinging on to their jobs with both hands, hopeful of juicy VRs to beef up their super.

Teh canberra labour market is in the TOILET at the moment, there’s squat, private or public.

davo101 12:05 pm 12 Nov 13

I can’t believe that no one realised that “natural attrition” is a meaningless term. How is setting up a super scheme that forces people out the door at 54-11 any more natural than a managerial buyout? Did people seriously think the government would just wait for a particularly harsh winter to thin out the herd?

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