DPTI Drug And Alcohol Program: PSA Lodges Dispute

04 May 2017

The Public Service Association (PSA) has today written to the Chief Executive (CE) of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), Michael Deegan, confirming that the matter regarding the proposed Drug and Alcohol Policy and Program is now in dispute (PSA's Letter here)

In light of the significant proposed changes arising from the new policy and program, the PSA had again asked the CE to facilitate the attendance of members at paid time meetings on site or via teleconferences, and for an extension of the consultation period to allow for these meetings to occur.  The department has confirmed that paid time meetings will not be provided and nor has the department responded to initial questions raised by the PSA around the powers to undertake such testing.

While the PSA will still attempt to undertake lunchtime meetings with members, a dispute will simultaneously be lodged with the Department, seeking that status quo be applied while we attempt to convince the Department to facilitate paid time meetings and ensure genuine consultation.

The PSA will continue to fight for members to ensure that genuine concerns are not only identified but addressed by the Department – in their time on the basis that this is their proposal.

The PSA will continue to keep members updated.