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Striking ‘rats’ furious over HR software blunder

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HC Online | 26 May 2015, 08:50 AM Agree 0
After protected strike action occurred within the Commonwealth’s largest department, workers who took part were identified using an image of a rodent – but department heads claim it was simply a misunderstanding.
  • Clem Wright | 26 May 2015, 12:57 PM Agree 0
    The fact that public service employees interpreted the choice of a rodent icon in a negative way is symptomatic of the climate created in both the federal and state public services by governments of both sides of politics. Since the emergence of razor gangs and economic rationalism in the mid to late 1980s, successive governments have sought to differentiate themselves from their predecessors and demonstrate what good economic managers they are by slagging off their public servants, demanding efficiency dividends, cutting FTEs (not people mind you but FTEs !), assessing the performance of senior managers by how many staff they can lose, and failing to acknowledge the vital work performed by public servants to assist industry, business, the community in general, and those vulnerable in our society through ill-health or permanent disability. When was the last time you heard a good news story about a public servant ? The climate in most government departments ranges from cynical to poisonous so the occasional rat is the least of our worries !
  • SDM | 26 May 2015, 02:46 PM Agree 1
    Am I reading this right? They want someone to be disciplined about an image chosen for a meaning they have applied.... I wonder who will get disciplined for all the time wasting on this issue. Perhaps if the employees put this much energy & passion into their work the public service would have a better reputation.
    • Veteran | 27 May 2015, 05:38 PM Agree 0
      So, as a hr " professional" you condone managers breaking the law? How does that work? As a hr "professional" you make value judgements on people without knowing them? They may actually be very conscientious and feel that this manager is not with the programme.

      Glad I don't work with you!

      And you REALLY need to read the post on Drs being harrassed or others being harrassed and change your attitude.
  • robscottinsyd | 27 May 2015, 11:22 AM Agree 0
    Probably would have become an issue, irrespective of the icon. BTW, rats are pretty clever creatures!
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