Members to be balloted over proposed collective agreement. PCS recommends endorsement.
PCS and FIS management have drafted a potential collective agreement on the process for moving members up the tiers of the Criminal Justice Directorate Attendance Allowance (CIDAA). The union believes that this provides the protections and assurances that members in receipt of CIDAA need and will be balloting you shortly on whether you wish to endorse the agreement.
The new process (originally described as the “principles”) for movement up the tiers is the result of two years of talks, during which the union position has been informed by several rounds of consultation with members.
In that period, we voiced the concerns that members raised regarding previous iterations of the process and secured the removal of changes that we viewed as detrimental. The last major concern was that the new process was to be imposed, without collective agreement, which we felt wasn’t acceptable.
We held an indicative ballot of members in the Criminal Justice Branch in September. In that ballot, 93% of members agreed with our position and rejected imposition without agreement. We then wrote to management asking that the new process be enshrined in a collective agreement.
Although management introduced the new process from 1 October 2018, this resulted in further talks, whereby management agreed to what we are asking. The draft collective agreement, if endorsed by members, will replace the previous collective agreement on movement between tiers.
We are of the view that a broader collective agreement on CIDAA from 2012 remains in place as previously. This new draft agreement relates only to the process for upwards movement between different tiers of allowance and doesn’t represent an update of or amendment to that agreement.
Note: FIS management have a different opinion about the status of these two documents. However, we believe they are both collective agreements.
All recipients of CIDAA who are members of PCS will get a say on the proposed agreement. If you know any colleagues who are not members, please encourage them to join in order that they can have their say. It takes just two minutes to join online.