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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Tabled Paper 381


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Eric Poole


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. 3 . has visited the EAS seeking advice on how to help a troubled employee. There was more than one instance where we were visited by union re presentatives for the same reason. In approximately 8 cases disciplinary action was either imminent or actually proceeding. Managers, supervisors and union representatives all . . respected that counselling at the EAS was voluntary confidential and not part of the disciplinary process. We felt no difficulty in ma in taining our independence. PHONE QUERIES: DCC employees have often phone the EAS seeking information about ourselves and other community facilities. We consider this a good use of the Scheme and it gives us the chance to offer further assistance. RECOMMENDATION FOR THE FUTURE 1. The number of referrals to the EAS via the Scheme noticeably reached a peak around the time we ran information sessions with your industrial staff almost one year ago. It appears that as has been the case elsewhere, the use of the Scheme is in direct proportion to the publicity it receives. R e c o m m e n d a t i o n : That we again publicise the scheme ensuring that all employees are familiar with its intent and o p e r a t i o n . 2. In some of the "supervisory" and "union" referrals the employee's problems were already so serious that it was difficult for us to fascilitate a change in the short term. R e c o m m e n d a t i o n : That discussions with supervisors and union representatives be held to explore ways to ensure that employees are offered counselling before problems become too serious. .Ik

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