Bulletin No: 235 Volume: 20 Friday 24 October 2014
TO ALL UFU MEMBERS
MFB “PEOPLE MATTERS” SURVEY RESULTS:
NOT STATISTICALLY RELIABLE (EVEN THOUGH THEY POINT TO DISSATISFACTION WITH MANAGEMENT)
The ‘People Matters’ survey is a survey run across the public sector each year, and one of which the UFU has on numerous occasions expressed concerns, including the concern that such survey’s may be used selectively by employers.
The MFB this week announced that the 2014 results have been received and an 8% response rate was achieved, which Mr Higgins advises means the results should be regarded “with some caution”.
In 2013 Mr Easy, the previous MFB CEO, was more candid, explaining that a response of less than 10% was not statistically significant. What this means is that the results cannot be generalised, and therefore cannot be relied on as representative of the workforce.
In short, the MFB data in 2013 and 2014 are of no statistical significance.
It is interesting that the MFB has tried to portray that data from the 2007, 2012 and 2014 survey’s indicate an improvement in job satisfaction, when the data is unreliable. Furthermore, senior management must truly have their heads in the sand or are simply treating employees with contempt by asserting that job satisfaction has improved. Clearly, the MFB’s actions, under Murray Neal Comrie and Peter Rau, via the termination case alone have brought about a level of dissatisfaction like never before. Further, the concerns from Corporate and Technical Staff have only escalated over recent months despite their industrial dispute being settled.
It is telling that the demographics of respondents for this survey consists of 43% of respondents being managers. This figure clearly skews the reliability of results on its own.
The fact that the MFB has sought to rely on this survey to demonstrate any positive reflection on the workplace, whilst in reality MFB employees are totally fed up with senior management simply reinforces the lack of confidence in MFB senior management.
Strength in Unity
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Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary