PS Cop This - Declarable Associations - To Sign or Not to Sign

Updated 22/04/2016

Declarable Associations - To Sign or Not to Sign

CPSU has met with Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Nixon, Assistant Commissioner Corneilus and our CPSU membership to hopefully progress this matter but unfortunately, the union believes we cannot advise our members to sign either of the options provided.

Whilst we acknowledge that the documents has changed substantially since CPSU first commenced negotiations, the instruction does not fully address the concerns around your privacy and reasonableness.

Currently the Police Association (TPA) has lodged this matter with the Deputy Ombudsman who will investigate whether the Instruction in its current form contravenes the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2007.

The Deputy Ombudsman is due to hand down his findings late October or early November 2008.

This has obvious implications for unsworn police staff and CPSU would ask for members to wait until that investigation has been concluded and the findings publicised.

Furthermore, CPSU advises that even by signing the ‚Äö?Ñ??lesser of the Declarations (i.e. the acknowledgement of understanding) you are still bound by the obligations of the Instruction.

By signing, you transform an administrative proposition into ‚Äö?Ñ??a living document with all its attendant powers and consequences, including disciplinary action against an employee.

CPSU is are not convinced that this instruction is ‚Äö?Ñ??reasonable and we will be guided by the outcome of the Deputy Ombudsman's investigation.

Please distribute this bulletin and ask your colleagues to join CPSU to have their voice heard.

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CPSU Victorian Branch Secretary

Thursday, 23 October 2008

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