Your Health and Safety is Paramount
We are aware in recent weeks that employee names have been displayed publicly by members of the community in relation to decisions that are a matter for elected officials. We are also aware that some employees may have been directly approached by members of the public.
It is simply unacceptable that an employee of Council is subject to this behaviour as a result of performing the requirements of their employment with Council.
The primary duty of a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) defined under Section 19 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (‘the Act’) is to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of workers is to not be put at risk by the work carried out by the business or undertaking.
We remind you that at no time are you obliged to respond to questions or complaints from members of the public if you do not feel safe to do so. This is consistent with responsibilities of the PCBU defined above and the rights of workers under ‘the Act’, Section 84 to, “…cease, or refuse to carry out, work if the worker has a reasonable concern that to carry out the work would expose the worker to a serious risk to the worker’s health or safety, emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to a hazard.”
We encourage employees to direct enquiries following the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council complaints process. If an employee feels threatened by the language or behaviour of a member of the public, they should notify the General Manager, direct manager or supervisor or an elected health and safety representatives. It may be necessary to notify the Police and if you are in immediate danger contact triple zero (000).
We have written to Council regarding these matters today and are maintaining regular contact to ensure employees safety remains paramount.
For further support please contact:
ASU Organiser Samantha Batchelor | 0459 228 612 | firstname.lastname@example.org
You are invited to attend the following paid union meeting to discuss Enterprise Bargaining and Council’s proposed rollover of the existing Enterprise Agreement and pay offer. This invitation applies to all work locations.
Thursday 18 March
Triabunna Community Hall
Please circulate and encourage your colleagues to attend and to join the ASU. Voting rights are reserved for members.