||Issue No. 145||19 July 2002|
Two Wings Flapping
Interview: In The Tent
Bad Boss: The Desk Nazi
Media: Hold the Presses
Workplace: Putting Bullies In Their Place
Industrial: Women and Work
International: Whine and Dine
History: Black Adder
Review: Bad Movie
Poetry: I Remember
The Locker Room
Week in Review
Hooray for Frank!
Reform or Die
Letters to the Editor
Hooray for Frank!
Over the past two weeks I have read in our metropolitan newspapers, much negative criticism of the City of Sydney, and in particular its relationship with its productive employees , a relationship that has been perversely represented by some bitter and resentful organisations , as irretrievably broken down , and I feel compelled to offer a different perspective.
That of a long term employee!
Let me say; I have no recollection of ever, in my years working for the City have I felt, not only such Job Satisfaction , Financial Security , Pride in employment , and a sense of ownership that empowers not only me , but all employees to be relatively autonomous in the delivery of their service to the community .
There has been unpleasant reference to our current General Manager (Sun-Herald14/7/02) and his Industrial Relations team as being an aggressive players. Well from my experience, over many years, and functioning in many roles,including Union Delegate, I have much praise and little criticism for the current management. In fact since the departure of Mr. Greg Maddock, a previous General Manager, the whole management style has changed, with an emphasis on outcomes and not personalities, reward for merit rather than fawning, with an overwhelming sense of pride through this ownership and participation.
The perception of Team Work, which previously appeared to be used as a personal weapon in the removal of those who were different, has reverted back to its true meaning, that of people successfully working together toward a common goal, and reaping the rewards.
Recently, much ado was made about "Kennards Hire", paying their employees a one off bonus for their employees helping out during the hard times; the City regularly rewards its staff for providing superior service to the city.
These rewards being previously doled out in an ad hoc and unaccountable manner, the new General Manager has once again ensured fairness and equity.
While the City is not a Garden of Eden (it could be) , and as one who has experienced the many "tears before bedtime" changes in the City , from the divisive agreement of Competitive Tendering , by the Union over seven years ago , I fail to see any justification for this current criticism.
If Lord Mayor Sartor, successfully moves on to State Parliament, he will leave a legacy which his successor will find hard to live up to.
We all learn from our mistakes and:
While making no comment on the past, today's' City of Sydney management certainly gives opportunities to Australian Aspirations, and I am one of those grateful Australians.
Yours in Solidarity
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