DCS Community Corrections - Know Your Rights and Exercise Them

06 April 2018

Consultation

The Public Service Association (PSA) has received feedback recently from members at Edwardstown that there has been an assertion by local management of what constitutes ‘consultation’. The statement was that “management inform staff of their plans… that’s consultation”.

This assertion is incorrect.

Clause 34 of the South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement Salaried 2017 clearly sets out what consultative processes entail when workplace changes are proposed. It is important to note that the employer is required to consult on change that affects any number of employees.

Below are some of the clauses that are worthwhile memorising:

34.1.2 Employers and Agencies consult in good faith, not simply advise what will be done.

34.1.3 It is an accepted principle that effective workplace relationships can only be achieved if appropriate consultation between the parties occurs on a regular basis.

34.1.4 Workplace change, including any restructure/reorganisation (however described) that will affect employees should not be implemented before appropriate consultation has occurred with employee representatives.

The PSA is working tirelessly to ensure that the appropriate consultation occur regarding the draft dress policy, overtime local operating procedure and changes for Monitoring Centre Officers.

The PSA is also working with members and the Department for Correctional Services (DCS) to:

1) ensure that fair and equitable processes for development opportunities are established for employees working within all areas of Edwardstown Community Corrections.

2) ensure that inappropriate behaviour by any employee (regardless of position) is managed appropriately and effectively by DCS.

Any member who wishes to provide feedback can contact PSA.