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Partnership in Courts– a good thing getting better

Partnership in Courts – a good thing getting better

The PSA’s Partnership for Quality approach to industrial relations was today strengthened further with the signing of a renewed ‘protocol’ between the Department for strengthened further Courts and the union.

The Minister for Courts, Matt Robson spoke to Courts and PSA representatives about the importance of the partnership agreement to the future delivery of improved services in Courts.

The protocol signing is in line with - and a development of - the PSA-Government Partnership for Quality agreement signed with the State Services Minister, Trevor Mallard early this month.

‘One year ago Courts was the first public service department to embrace Partnership for Quality and today’s ‘renewing of the way we do things takes place in a political and industrial environment very much different to then,’ PSA secretary Richard Wagstaff said.

‘Back then it was a bit of a flashlight in the dark really, with everyone involved convinced this was the way to go but nobody actually having made the journey.

‘We certainly were working without any endorsement from the Government of the day – indeed there was much opposition to what we were doing,’ he said.

‘Compare that with the formal agreement reached with the Government and with the renewing and fine tuning of the Courts protocol we have here today,’ Mr Wagstaff said.

‘What has emerged in that year is an explicit understanding of what we are about as unionists, as employees and as stakeholders in the business that is Courts.

‘Our approach is all about relevant “quality-adding” unionism. It’s about developing better jobs and better public services,’ he said.

Mr Wagstaff said the ‘emphasis on good faith bargaining and collective bargaining central to the new employment laws sit very well with what we are about.

‘To make things work – and work for the better – there has to be a lot of good will, effort and understanding. We have seen that from Courts with their emphasis on informing, involving and training delegates and with the way they go about things,’ he said.

For any further comment or information please call:

Richard Wagstaff on 025 2778131 or the PSA media officer,
Colin Williams on (04) 917 2039 or 025 575839

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